Ghanaian UFC welterweight Abdul Razak Alhassan is expecting to face trial for alleged sexual assault.
MMAjunkie obtained a two-page indictment handed down Monday by a grand jury in Tarrant County, Texas, where Alhassan is accused of raping two women on March 23.
Alhassan, who competed at UFC 228 earlier this month, is due in 371st District Court on Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m local time. There could be as many as five hearings before trial as other cases clear the court.
“We do intend to plead not guilty and have a trial and let a jury determine what the facts are,” Alhassan’s co-attorney, Brandon Barnett, told MMAjunkie.
Barnett said the 33-year-old fighter’s bond status remains unchanged. Alhassan was freed on a $20,000 bond after his arrest April 8. In May, a judge allowed him to take off a GPS monitor for fights and training outside the county.
The two-count indictment accuses Alhassan of assaulting the women while they were unconscious or physically unable to defend themselves. With one woman, he “compelled” the alleged victim to “submit or participate by the use of physical force” by holding her down.
A report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, previously detailed by MMAjunkie, said the women were friends, aged 20 and 22, who went to a birthday party for a police officer and part-time security officer at Varsity Tavern, where Alhassan worked as the head of security.
An arrest affidavit said Alhassan let the woman in the bar and later made out with one of them. Heavily intoxicated, the trio went back to the 20-year-old woman’s house, where Alhassan allegedly raped them one after the other.
The mother of the younger woman recovered physical evidence from the alleged assault and turned it over to Fort Worth police, who subsequently interviewed the alleged victims. The case was then handed off to the Saginaw (Texas) police, who conducted a preliminary investigation and determined that an assault had taken place at the house.
A request for comment to the UFC was acknowledged Tuesday, but the promotion has yet to issue a statement as of this writing. Alhassan most recently appeared in the octagon at UFC 228, knocking out Niko Price in 43 seconds.