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MMA fighter Michael Whitehead accused of sex assault

Updated Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 2:16 p.m.

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Michael Whitehead

Metro Police arrested mixed martial arts fighter Michael Whitehead after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her this past weekend.

A woman who is an acquaintance of Whitehead filed a report Saturday indicating that the MMA fighter assaulted her. Detectives with Metro's sexual assault detail served a search warrant later that evening at Whitehead's home in the 4600 block of Stuttgart Street in the southwest Las Vegas Valley.

According to an arrest report, the woman told police that she and a friend had gone to Whitehead’s home for a barbecue. The two women had been drinking and decided not to drive home. According to the report, Whitehead told the women they could sleep in his bed.

One of the women said she awoke to find her pants down and Whitehead having sex with her. Although she repeatedly demanded that he stop, he didn’t for about three minutes, according to the police report.

After the alleged incident, Whitehead sat in a chair in the bedroom, police said. The second woman, who had been laying next to the woman on the bed, said she witnessed the alleged assault. The second woman alleged that Whitehead groped her during the incident.

On Wednesday, Whitehead voluntarily turned himself in to detectives at Metro's Investigative Services Division, 4750 W. Oakey Blvd.

Whitehead was booked into the Clark County Detention Center in connection with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, and open and gross lewdness. He wasn't in jail on Wednesday afternoon.

Whitehead has competed in several MMA organizations, including the UFC and Strikeforce, as a light heavyweight and heavyweight. He was a contestant on the second season of the reality series "The Ultimate Fighter," losing to eventual season champion Rashad Evans.

His last fight was a first-round knockout loss to undefeated Muhammed Lawal last December.

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