UFC and Bellator veteran Cody Pfister was arrested over the weekend following an assault on a family member in Amarillo, Texas. The news was first revealed by the Amarillo-Globe News and was later confirmed by MMAFighting.com.
On Saturday, the 27-year-old was arrested on the charge of assault causing bodily injury on a family member in relation to an argument in a restaurant which spilled over at home, according to the victim’s account given to the police reporter. The initial incident occurred on May 6, and after being forwarded to the Potter County District Attorney’s office, a warrant was issued for Pfister on June 27, per court records.
The assault, which is described in the victim’s account, occurred after Pfister was locked outside of his home by the victim after an argument in a restaurant continued on returning to the property. The fighter was then said to have forced his way into the home, before grabbing hold of the victim and violently shaking them before leaving.
Having recently retired from the sport in March after a win over Jonathan Garry at Bellator 174, Pfister turned promoter, and started Fist Fight League. Unfortunately the promotion’s first show fell on the day Pfister was arrested and he has since then released a video statement on Facebook, which does not directly address his arrest, however does allude to him declaring his innocence in that matter.
“Right now I’m going through a little bit of BS. I can’t get into that stuff too much,” he said. “But I just want everybody to know, I’m OK. I love you guys. No matter what, at the end of the day, we all know what kind of person that I am. I just hope that comes to light.”
“The Pfist” retired with a professional record of 13-6-1 and his brief stint in the UFC was far from successful as he dropped to 1-3 including a defeat from top prospect Sage Northcutt.