UFC fighter Ben Sosoli won’t find himself stepping back into the Octagon anytime soon because he’ll be serving a 22 month prison sentence after punching a man at a bar he was serving as a bouncer at.
The Australian Associated Press reports that Sosoli was working as a bouncer at Jacksons Lounge Bar in Melbourne in September 2019 when a man allegedly snuck into the bar twice after being refused service. After the second attempted to sneak in, Sosoli allegedly punched the man in the face and the damage incurred required facial surgery.
Sosoli was sentenced to a 22-month prison sentence this past Monday, but is eligible for parole after serving 11 months. During the trial, Sosoli said he was provoked and that’s why he punched the man, but the judge didn’t see it Sosoli’s way.
“You are expected not to respond to provocation in the way you did,” the judge said.
An incarcerated Sosoli competed twice in the UFC, fighting Greg Hardy to a no-contest at UFC Fight Night Boston, while suffering a first-round TKO loss to Marcos Rogerio De Lima at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker.