The site says Bennett was arrested at 110 Lomas Boulevard, which is where he had been training at the FIT NHB gym.
FIT NHB representative Tom Vaughn told Sherdog.com via e-mail that Bennett was involved in an altercation with a teammate on Jan. 16.
“During routine sparring, tempers flared between Charles and the other fighter, and Charles ended up getting dropped by the larger training partner,” wrote Vaughn. “They were quickly broken up and Charles left the mat, got dressed and left the building. He returned about 15 minutes later, walked down to the training area and pulled out a heavy piece of steel he must have found in the parking lot and began attacking the other fighter (from behind) with intent to do serious damage. He was tackled by two other fighters and disarmed.
Vaughn said the incident occurred during a pro training session, though women and children were entering the building at the time for a regular class that followed and might have seen the attack. Vaughn said the assaulted fighter is “OK,” and that Bennett, who’d trained with FIT NHB off and on for six months, would no longer be a part of the gym’s fight team.
Bennett, 30, has a long history of run-ins with the law. He has been arrested for everything from traffic violations and drug distribution to kidnapping and battery upon a pregnant female. According to the Bernalillo County Sherriff’s Department, Bennett was arrested at 6:30 p.m. and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
A veteran of 40 professional fights, Bennett has competed all over the world and holds notable victories against former EliteXC lightweight champion Karl James Noons and former featherweight King of Pancrase Yoshiro Maeda. He last appeared in December, when he suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of Bobby Green at King of the Cage “Fight 4 Hope” in Highland, Calif.
Note: This article was updated at 6:11 p.m. EST to include additional information from Tom Vaughn.