PFL suspends its heavyweight Josh Copeland indefinitely after reports of his arrest for domestic violence appeared
PFL (Professional Fighters League) MMA promotion suspended its heavyweight competitor Josh Copeland indefinitely after reports of his arrest for domestic violence appeared.
As the TMZ portal reported yesterday, Copeland was arrested on 2 February by Colorado State police for assaulting his wife and hitting her several times in the face, as a result of which the victim had a noticeable bruise under the eye and a cut. The incident occurred in front of their child so that in addition to the charge of causing physical harm, the fighter was also charged for child abuse.
The PFL management made a statement regarding this incident a few hours after this news appeared:
“The PFL has a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. According to this policy, after the arrest, Josh Copeland was suspended indefinitely,” - PFL’s statement.
Recall that Josh Copeland (18-6-1) took part at the PFL regular season, where he reached the heavyweight Grand Prix final, with $ 1 million at stake, but lost to Philipe Lins by a technical knockout in the fourth round. Copeland has performed at the WSOF, which was later reformed into the PFL since 2016. Before that, he had two fights in the UFC, losing to Ruslan Magomedov and Jared Rosholt, after which he was fired from the UFC.