It has today been reported by the ipswichstar.co.uk that current UFC featherweight prospect, Arnold Allen has been handed a five-month suspended prison sentence following an incident last December.
The case was heard in Ipswich Crown Court, where Allen pleaded guilty to affray, following a fracas which took place at a Christmas party in Suffolk, between December 23 and 24.
The situation is believed to have stemmed from an altercation earlier in the night between Allen’s girlfriend and another woman. This then escalated, which lead to the drunken 23-year-old assaulting the venue’s owner and six women, the Ipswich Star reports.
Although not a complete defence of the situation, Recorder Richard Christie QC acknowledged his intentions to protect his girlfriend but went on to say: “After that you went wild.”
Recorder Christie also claimed: “You essentially ran amok,” before imposing a five-month prison term on Allen, which is suspended for 12 months. Allen has been ordered to pay his victims a total of £3,250 in compensation. He must complete 150 hours of community service, whilst also being subject to a one-month home curfew.
It was also noted by the Ipswich Star that the former M4TC champion faces “the possibility of having his licence taken away by his sport’s governing body.” No MMA governing body is currently recognised in the United Kingdom, meaning it is very unlikely that Allen would face any issues competing in his home country.
However, it is possible that state athletic commissions in the United States or Canada could take a harder stance, not to mention potential travel issues for the Brit, who is known for spending part of his training camps at Tristar Gym in Toronto, Canada.
A surging prospect in the UFC, with a 12-1 record, Allen further solidified his rising status, beating Makwan Amirkhani by decision in March to claim his third win inside the Octagon. The UFC have yet to comment on the matter, but as it stands, Allen remains with the promotion.
A full report of the incident and the crown court hearing can be found on ipswichstar.co.uk.