Former Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA talent Cody Pfister was arrested early Saturday morning, according to a report from the Amarillo Globe-News.
The 27-year-old Amarillo, Texas native was booked into the Potter County jail at approximately midnight local time for a charge of causing bodily harm to a family member. Potter County arrest records indicate that a $5,000 bond was paid the same day.
Earlier in the evening, Pfister attended the first fight card for his promotion, Fight Fight League, at 7 p.m. at Azteca Music Hall.
According to a separate report from the Globe-News, the incident for which Pfister was arrested occurred in May, when a woman identified as Pfister’s girlfriend got into an argument with the ex-fighter at a restaurant. The couple returned to a home on the 1000 block of Milam Street, where police said the woman locked Pfister out of the house. Pfister then allegedly forced his way inside, pinned the woman against the wall and shook her before leaving.
The police report stated that the victim suffered no visible injuries but did complain of pain. Meanwhile, Pfister issued a video statement via Facebook but did not directly mention his arrest.
“Right now I’m going through a little bit of BS. I can’t get into that stuff too much,” he said. “But I just want everybody to know, I’m OK. I love you guys. No matter what, at the end of the day, we all know what kind of person that I am. I just hope that comes to light.”
Pfister last appeared at Bellator 174 on March 3, when he submitted Jonathan Gary with a rear-naked choke 4:04 into the opening round of their bout. After the victory, Pfister announced his retirement in the cage.
Prior to his final MMA appearance, Pfister went 1-3 during a brief stint in the Octagon that included a decision triumph over Yosdenis Cedeno at UFC 189. “The Pfist” finished his career with a 13-6-1 mark.