Mike Whitehead Must Register as Sex Offender After Striking Plea

Written by Tom Ngo
September 15th, 2011

UFC Strikeforce Mike Whitehead

Former “The Ultimate Fighter 2” contestant Mike Whitehead (Pictured) is expected to be sentenced to probation after pleading guilty under the Alford doctrine for allegedly sexually assaulting two women at his Las Vegas, Nevada home on April 10th, 2010.

According to the LasVegasSun, the 10-year mixed martial arts veteran will have to register as a sex offender and faces a lifetime of court supervision.

Under the Alford doctrine, the accused party does not admit that he or she committed the act. However, the accused acknowledges there is enough evidence that exists where a prosecutor could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Earlier this year, Whitehead was arrested on charges of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and open and gross lewdness.

According to the police report, two women attended a barbecue at Whitehead’s home. After alcohol was allegedly consumed by all parties, the heavyweight invited the women to sleep in his bed that night.

One of the women is claiming 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 claims 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!”

Whitehead is scheduled to be sentenced January 19th, 2012 before Las Vegas Judge Douglas W. Herndon.

Because of his plea, the court could sentence him to state prison for a term ranging between two to 20 years, along with the requirements to pay an administrative assessment fee.

“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.

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