Heavyweight Ben Sosoli was handed a 22-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to “recklessly causing serious injury.” The said conviction was in relation to a Sept. 2019 incident when he punched a man outside a bar in Melbourne, Australia.
- Sosoli was working as a “responsible service of alcohol officer” at Jacksons Lounge Bar in Toorak at the time. That night, a drunk patron who was previously refused entry, snuck into the bar twice.
- Refusing to let it happen under his watch, Sosoli marched the unnamed customer outside the bar and punched him in the jaw. The man later needed to undergo specialist facial surgery to treat his injuries.
- Sosoli defended himself, stating the patron “threatened to f--k him up.” But according to presiding judge Gavan Meredith, the fighter was in no place to respond to provocation the way he did. Sosoli will need to serve the first 11 months of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
- On Wednesday, Sosoli was released from the UFC roster.
- The 30-year-old Sosoli only had two fights in the UFC. He last saw action in February against Marcos Rogerio de Lima and lost via first-round TKO.