MMA’s Josh Copeland Pleads Guilty In Domestic Violence Case
5/21/2019 10:44 AM PDT
MMA fighter Josh Copeland pled guilty to felony 2nd-degree assault in his domestic violence case — stemming from allegations he punched his wife in the face during a heated altercation.
As we previously reported, Copeland — 6’1″, 265 lbs — was arrested in Colorado on Feb. 2 after his wife told police he hit her so hard, her face was bloodied and bruised when cops arrived.
The woman had admitted she slapped Copeland in the face multiple times during the altercation — but said he took things to another level of violence … and then stole her phone so she couldn’t call for help.
Copeland was originally hit with 4 criminal charges including felony assault, domestic violence, obstruction of telephone and child abuse (because the altercation allegedly took place in front of their son).
But now, a court official tells TMZ Sports … Copeland appeared in court on Tuesday and cut a plea deal with prosecutors.
Long story short … Copeland pled guilty to 2nd and 3rd-degree assault and in exchange, the other charges were dropped.
As for the sentence, Copeland was given 2 years probation — and the judge noted he could be locked up if he doesn’t stay out of trouble for the next 24 months.
Copeland is allowed to travel for work (he’s a pro-MMA fighter) — but he’ll have to check in with the court in 2021 to make sure he’s kept his nose clean.
Copeland is 18 and 6 as a pro-MMA fighter — and even had a stint in the UFC in 2014 and 2015.
He fought his way into the $1 MILLION championship fight in the PFL heavyweight tournament — but ultimately lost to Philipe Lins on Dec. 31, 2018.