On Thursday inside of a Nevada courtroom, former UFC fighter Mike Whitehead (Pictured) was sentenced to, and immediately began serving, one to four years in prison for sexually assaulting two women at his Las Vegas home on April 10th, 2010.
This past September, Whitehead plead guilty to the accusations under the Alford doctrine, which states the accused party does not admit that he or she committed the crime. However, the accused acknowledges there is enough evidence where a prosecutor could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Whitehead’s attorney was anticipating his client would simply be placed on probation, but the judge didn’t feel that punishment would appropriately fit the reported crime.
In addition to his time in the pen, the former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and pay roughly $2,400 in restitution.
According to the police report, two women attended a barbecue at Whitehead’s home. After alcohol was allegedly consumed by all parties, the fighter invited the women to sleep in his bed that night.
One of the women claimed that she woke up in the middle of the night to find her pants down and Whitehead having sex with her. She demanded for him to stop multiple times, but he continued for “about three minutes” before complying. The other woman in the bed witnessed the assault and claimed to have also been groped during the incident.
After the 30-year-old was arrested, the alleged rape victim told authorities she received a text message from Whitehead’s phone that read, “Babe I’m really sorry about last night!! I’m very ashamed!”
“Iron Mike” holds a 26-7 professional MMA record and was most recently seen taking a split decision win over Eddie Sanchez at “Championships 6″ this past December.