Middleweight journeyman Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola has been convicted of domestic violence charges stemming from a brutal attack on the mother of his child on June 15th, 2013. According to Sacramento news outlet news10.net, a Sacramento Superior Court found the 32-year-old Uscola guilty of battery on a spouse or cohabitant, battery with serious bodily injury, and corporal injury on a cohabitant.
As news10.net reports, Sacramento D.A. spokesperson Shelly Orio said “the victim suffered a life-threatening laceration to her pancreas, eight broken ribs, a punctured lung, an orbital fracture and two lumbar fractures.” Uscola’s sentencing is scheduled for February 14th, and he faces the possibility of up to 13 years in prison.
The report describes Uscola as a “rising star in the MMA world,” which couldn’t be further from the truth. Perhaps best known for his unsuccessful stint on TUF 11 — during which he almost got his dick bitten off by a pitbull (long story) — Uscola has lost eight straight fights since November 2010. His professional record stands at 21-24, and he’s never won more than three fights in a row.
News10.net interviewed Sacramento’s own Urijah Faber, who tried to set Uscola on the right track several years ago, until a 2011 domestic violence incident derailed their working relationship:
MMA superstar Urijah “The California Kid” Faber knew Uscola well. Uscola joined Faber’s Team Alpha Male in 2008, hoping to break into the UFC.
“He said ‘hey, I’m messing up. I want to get my head straight,’” Faber recounted. “And he knows we run a clean operation here.”
Faber took a chance on him. Uscola eventually landed a role on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter and seemed poised to turn his life around.
But when Uscola was arrested for domestic violence in 2011, Faber cut ties with him.
“As soon as the first incident happened, Kyacey was no longer allowed to be a part of the team,” Faber explained.
According to Faber, Uscola had a bit of a temper and addiction issues. But he’d hoped Uscola would get his act together once his son was born.
“He came in; he seemed to be on track for a little bit. But I think he has those demons,” Faber added. “It was really heartbreaking to hear. Kyacey has to be a man for what he’s done.”
We’ll update you when Uscola’s sentence is handed down.