Report: Former UFC Fighter Josh Grispi Charged for Suspicion of Assault on Wife

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 6, 2014
Josh Grispi is suspected of assault on his wife. | Photo:

Former UFC and WEC competitor Josh Grispi was recently charged with domestic abuse and assault in Middleboro, Mass., according to a report in the Taunton Daily Gazette.

The 25-year-old Grispi allegedly assaulted his wife twice in four days and had his pit bull attack her as well.

“It’s the worst case of domestic abuse I’ve ever seen,” police officer Richard Harvey told the Gazette.

Grispi was initially arrested on Friday on charges of assaulting his wife but was released on $2,000 bail. He was arrested again on Monday and is currently being held on $100,000 bail and assault charges, according to the report. Grispi pleaded innocent to the charges on Tuesday in Wareham District Court.

Police told the Gazette that they discovered a pot farm, weapons and ammunition upon searching Grispi’s home on Monday. Grispi’s 3-year-old child was found next to “a box of unsecured guns and ammunition” when police arrived.

Grispi, who is currently being held at the Plymouth House of Correction, faces a lengthy list of charges. As reported by the Gazette, they are as follows: two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of violating a restraining order, animal cruelty, malicious damage to a motor vehicle, drug possession to cultivate marijuana and improper storage of a large capacity firearm and rifle or shotgun near a child.

Grispi’s wife is currently in the hospital with serious injuries after being “chewed up” by the pit bull. His children are in the custody of their grandmother, according to the report.

Nicknamed “The Fluke” during his MMA tenure, Grispi made his mark with 14 victories in his first 15 professional appearances, including triumphs over Mark Hominick and Jens Pulver in the WEC. The featherweight went winless in four UFC outings before being released by the Las Vegas-based promotion. He last competed at UFC on Fuel TV 7 on Feb. 16, 2013, dropping a three-round decision to Andy Ogle.
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