Jacob Brennan

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Jacob Brennan, husband and coach of UFC fighter Hailey Cowan, accused of alleged sexual abuse of child

Jacob Brennan, husband and coach of UFC bantamweight Hailey Cowan, is accused of sexual misconduct with a minor in McLennan County, Texas. KWTX first reported the story.

Brennan was arrested on May 19 for alleged indecency with a child with sexual contact, a second-degree felony. The 40-year-old man and owner of Next Generation MMA/Blitz MMA was released on $75,000 bond a day later.

The arrest came after a woman came forward and told investigators Brennan touched her inappropriately when he was her coach between 2013 and 2015, a criminal complaint affidavit states.

The victim was 13 years old at the time of the sexual abuse, investigators wrote in the document, adding Brennan was 30 at the time.

The alleged woman met with detectives, according to the affidavit, this past November and told the investigators that “Brennan kissed her hundreds of times and touched her vagina above and below her clothes hundreds of times between 2013 and 2015,” and that the alleged victim also provided multiple e-mail notifications from Facebook indicating an alleged intimate relationship.

Cowan, who married Brennan in 2022 and won a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2022, started training at the gym in 2014. She was to face Tamires Vidal this past weekend but withdrew with injury.

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