SACRAMENTO - A professional Sacramento mixed martial arts fighter is looking at the possibility of up to 13 years in prison after being convicted of domestic violence charges.
A Sacramento Superior Court jury found 32-year-old Kyacey Uscola guilty of battery on a spouse or cohabitant, battery with serious bodily injury and corporal injury on a cohabitant for a June 15, 2013 attack on the mother of his child, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.
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 was a rising star in the MMA world.
"To have a guy come clean his life up and to end like this is pretty tragic," Urijah Faber said.
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."
Uscola's sentencing is set for Feb. 14.