Late last week, news broke that Australian mixed martial artist Julian “Julz the Jackal” Wallace had pleaded guilty to assault. Wallace’s charges stemmed from an ugly incident during which he brutalized his then fiancee Jessy Jess – also a fighter – after she brought home a dinner that wasn’t to his liking. Thankfully, Jess was ultimately able to knock her attacker out with a kick and call the police.
On Monday, Australian promotion Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC), who promoted Wallace’s last three fights, released a statement on the incident. Unsurprisingly, the promotion has opted to cut ties with the troubled fighter.
XFC’s statement reads as follows:
THE XFC ORGANIZATION WAS NOTIFIED YESTERDAY THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIA OUTLETS, THAT JULIAN WALLACE HAS PLEAD GUILTY TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE, STEMMING FROM A DOMESTIC DISPUTE ON APRIL 28, 2016.
WHILE WALLACE WILL BE SENTENCED DECEMBER 7, XFC HAVE STOOD WALLACE DOWN FROM ALL FUTURE COMMITMENTS WITH THE ORGANIZATION IMMEDIATELY. THE ORGANIZATION REQUIRES ALL ATHLETES TO ACT IN AN ETHICAL AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER, AS MANDATED BY THE XFC FIGHTER CONTRACT.
THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE EDUCATION OF OUR ATHLETES, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO THE ORGANIZATION. XFC HOLDS ITS ATHLETES TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD AND WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IF AND WHEN WARRANTED. THERE IS NO STATISTICAL EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS A LINK BETWEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE SPORT OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, AND WE ARE PROUD TO WORK ALONGSIDE THE MOST PROMISING ATHLETES AND COACHES IN THE COUNTRY, TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE INSPIRING ROLE MODELS FOR THE COMMUNITY.
XFC OWNERS HAVE VOLUNTEERED EXTENSIVELY IN THE PAST WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAMPAIGNS, AND WILL USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN RAISING AWARENESS, AND OFFERING THEIR SUPPORT FOR ANYONE THAT MAY BE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION.
Wallace will receive his sentencing on December 7 in Australia. The fighter, who has recently spent time training at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento California, has made headlines several times in the past, and rarely for good reasons.
Several years ago, he was knocked stiff by Ben Nguyen after bullying Nguyen at their fight’s weigh in ceremony. This swift dose of justice quickly became a viral video sensation. More recently, Wallace found himself in hot water after implementing a no-women policy at his barber shop.
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