The Fight Network is reporting that Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett is currently in a Marion County (Fla..) jail after two recent probation violations. The site is claiming sources close to EliteXC have said that attempts are being made to secure Bennett’s release so that he can compete on the undercard of this Friday’s main event bout between Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni.
The issue is that no bail has been set for Bennett and independent sources claim he is expected to remain in jail until July 16.
Bennett had been scheduled to fight Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela in a rematch from a controversial bout between the two several years back in the King of the Cage promotion.
If Bennett is not released from jail, Edson Berto is expected to take his spot on the card against Valenzuela.
TFN also reports that Bennett has been booked into the Marion County jail 22 times since December 12, 1997. During the past calendar year, he’s been booked three times alone (July 23, December 22, and January 9). The charges brought against him range from drug possession to traffic violations to kidnapping and false imprisonment.
I realize people make mistakes and not everyone has clean records, but 22 times since 1997? Does EliteXC really need a guy with Bennett’s criminal history to be a part of its roster of fighters? They are really sending out a bad message by trying to secure his early release just so he can fight.