Former UFC and Bellator heavyweight Lavar Johnson won’t be stepping inside the cage anytime soon.
According to ABC30 Action News, Johnson has been sentenced to five years in prison after severely beating his girlfriend in Fresno, California.
The drunken altercation took place in August last year, where the former MMA fighter attacked his girlfriend of seven years with knees and punches, also slamming her head against a wall.
A Fresno County judge deemed the domestic abuse case severe enough to wave off any plea for a lighter sentence from the defense, hoping to reduce the five-year sentence to three years.
“It does appear there were times when Mr. Johnson could have stopped this offense,” Judge Glenda Allen-Hill said in court.
“That he could have not inflicted the amount of damage that he inflicted on his victim, but he did not.”
The American showed nothing but remorse when speaking in court.
“I’m sorry,” Johnson said. “I take full responsibility for my actions.”
Johnson fought four times for the Ultimate Fighting Championship before jumping ship to Bellator MMA. The heavyweight won once in his last six fights across both promotions, most recently losing to Cheick Kongo at Bellator 123.
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