Kamloops MMA fighter acquitted on charges of assault

A provincial court judge has found Matt Baker not guilty of the offences stemming from alleged incidents between December 2017 and June of 2018.

A Kamloops mixed martial arts fighter has been acquitted of domestic assault and mischief charges.

On April 12, a provincial court judge found Matt Baker not guilty of the offences stemming from alleged incidents between December 2017 and June of 2018.

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Judge Robin Smith acquitted Baker of four counts of assault and one count of mischief.

Baker’s lawyer, Sheldon Tate, told KTW one other count of uttering threats was dismissed before evidence was called.

Tate said three of the other charges were acquitted based on a lack of sufficient evidence, one for a finding of self-defence and another determining the transgression was minor and outside the court’s purview.

Baker, 36, told KTW he hopes news of his acquittal will restore his name so he can fight again.

He said he lost all his paying sponsors and his fight contract as a result of the allegations.

“I just want my daughter to be able to Google my name and be proud again,” Baker said in an email.

According to MMA website tapology.com, Baker’s last fight was in April of 2018. He has a professional record of 14-10.

Baker, whose MMA nickname is the Riotmaker, stands 6-foot-1 and weighs more 175 pounds, according to MMA website sherdog.com.


Editor's note: This story was corrected from an earlier version that incorrectly stated the number of assault charges of which Baker was acquitted.

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