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The 16 Most Notorious Arrests in MMA History


(Spit-bags: The sure sign of a bad time. Photo courtesy of TMZ.)

By Ben Goldstein and Jason Moles

The rule applies in any profession: For every law-abiding nice-guy, there’s an unstable son-of-a-bitch who you’d never want to leave your kids alone with. And so, we decided to take a ride through MMA’s shadowy history of assault, robbery, vandalism, drug-smuggling, and other nasty behavior — the most infamous examples of fighters living dangerously and paying the price…

#16: Jeff Monson
Arrested for: First-degree malicious mischief; assault on a female and injury to real property

It’s never a good idea to have evidence of your law-breaking published nationally. In a bizarre lapse of judgment, heavyweight veteran Jeff Monson was busted after he allowed ESPN the Magazine to photograph him spray-painting an anarchy symbol on the Washington state capitol building. Though the charge packed a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the Snowman was able to plead down to three months. Just days later, Monson was arrested again when a domestic dust-up with one of his many love-interests resulted in an overturned grandfather clock and a fist-shaped hole in the wall; those charges were later dismissed.

#15: Kim Couture
Arrested for: Domestic violence

Last May, MMA’s most famous ex-wife ended an argument with her personal assistant by choking and shaking her on a bed. Couture was reportedly upset that the assistant wanted to move out of her house after living there for three weeks. The original report left us with these unsettling lines: “It seems that part of the friction that developed between the victim and Ms. Couture was that Ms. Couture was extremely controlling; she wouldn’t permit the victim any autonomy; and the implication that Ms. Couture wanted something more from the victim than just personal assistant services.”

#14: Harold Howard
Arrested for: Aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, dangerous driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, etc.

The short version? He attacked two relatives with a claw hammer, then crashed his pick-up truck through the front doors of a Niagara Falls casino. It was later revealed that Howard had been self-medicating with a head-scrambling blend of Oxycocet, Gabapentin, and sleeping pills. Which begs the question: What was he on when he was cutting promos for UFC 3?

#13: Kimo Leopoldo
Arrested for: Possession of a controlled substance, impersonating an officer

The famously undead UFC veteran was arrested in 2009 for hanging out in a Long Beach Police Department jumpsuit with drugs in his car. Leopoldo pleaded no-contest to stealing the police uniform, which earned him a mere 10 days of community service. However, what was first reported as meth turned out to be marijuana instead — still bad, but not lock ‘em up bad. After agreeing to a stint in rehab and three years’ probation, the misdemeanor charges were dropped.

#12: Vyacheslav Datsik
Arrested for: Escaping from a Russian mental hospital by tearing through a chain link fence with his bare hands; he had been behind bars for three years for a previous string of armed robberies and death threats.

After a month on the lam, the nutty self-professed racist turned himself in to authorities in Norway, bringing along two loaded pistols for no good reason. Datsik was granted temporary asylum in Norway after a Norwegian police psychiatrist argued that he had been intentionally misdiagnosed as insane due to his undesirable political leanings. (What the hell? Don’t these dudes have YouTube?) In March 2011, Datsik was finally extradited back to Russia; the Norwegian government was forced to spend 120,000 Kroner — the equivalent of $21,658 — to fly him out of the country.

#11: Jeremy Jackson
Arrested for: Forcible rape, kidnapping to commit another crime, first-degree residential burglary, assault with a firearm, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and criminal threats.

In 2008, the TUF 4 castmember was accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s house and raping her at gunpoint. During the trial, the victim’s credibility came under fire, and it seemed that Jackson had a shot at going free. But Jackson changed his mind midway through and decided to plead guilty, going against the advice of his lawyer. According to one juror, Jackson “only pleaded guilty because he was depressed and wanted the trial to end.” He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

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kobracom- June 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Well why War Machine did not make it is beyond me, BUT the BIGGEST MISTAKE you have done OP is not list Lee Murray (British fighter) BY FAR the most criminal mma fighter of ALL TIME hands down. Anyone who reads this, should really watch the Lee Murray story, the guy is a real lif crazy mo'fo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh0pT18OFsw . Enjoy folks.
Shaky- June 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm
@RWilsonR
You'll never know for sure, but I am freaking gorgeous
bgoldstein- June 16, 2011 at 11:03 am
@baconbjj He's with us in spirit...and linked in the first line of the feature. Honestly, those charges turned out to be bullshit so I didn't want to promote the "Blevins is a pedo" narrative anymore.
baconbjj- June 16, 2011 at 10:51 am
How does the Lionheart Blevins get snubbed from this list? Not even given a spot on the honorable mention list. Ouch bro.
djp1988- June 16, 2011 at 10:51 am
It's funny, every time I see War Machine, I always have the thought of pizza'ing when you whould have french fry'd and having a bad time.
2DaDeath- June 16, 2011 at 8:39 am
That was the first time I saw that Tiawanese cartoon. Fucking... awesome! Definitely transcends language barriers.
FrontKick Dentist- June 16, 2011 at 8:38 am
Bisping needs to wear a spit bag.
SnackDaddy- June 16, 2011 at 6:31 am
Great article, guys!
ExpectJesusBro- June 16, 2011 at 6:06 am
Thank you CP. This was excellent.
I was gettin some Tito- June 16, 2011 at 6:05 am
I want to hate fuck Kim Couture.
MMA_Hole- June 16, 2011 at 1:50 am
Seriously, English people have bad teeth jokes? What year is it?

Just for the record, no, I'm not English.
murderess- June 16, 2011 at 12:03 am
i can't believe hermes franca didn't make the top 20--he did some creepy shit..
RwilsonR- June 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm
@ shaky - why is it unattractive people are always rambling on about being less image conscious and shallow?
ruffles- June 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm
Gosh darn, this site is fucking fantastic.
AndyInflammatory- June 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm
I think Joe Son took the phrase "Asian brother can't get no love" a bit too close to heart.
the silver hawaiian- June 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm
I, for one, support Shaky's psychedelic efforts.

Rather, I applaud them.
LBo- June 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Batman had the Joker. Superman had Lex Luther. Dana White has Bob Reilly. Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock, and Jenna Jameson all have Tito Ortiz. Humanity has Lee Murray.

This is possibly the stupidest and most incoherent series of analogies ever written.
DangadaDang- June 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm
War Machine may be the most appropriate name for a person ever.
hooligun- June 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm
oh and lee murray is a legend!
hooligun- June 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm
well said shaky ;)
Shaky- June 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm
..on psychedelics that is of course, the way I know how to live my life...whilst on psychedelics.
Shaky- June 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Yeh...on psychedelics...talking about the bit where he takes a pop at English teeth etc in the Lee Murray bit...but still on psychedelics...so I hope you guys don't think any less of me. Just trying live my life the way I know how.
RSparrow- June 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Guapo, he's on psychedelics. Watch your face
El Guapo- June 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm
^Anybody know what Shaky's talking aboot?
Shaky- June 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Also, we have free dental care up until the age of 19 and then it remains subsidised. We don't wrestle because wrestling is just a weird, archaic (though effective) institution and we already have the Royal Family for that (not effective, not even entertaining, though you guys seem to love their wacky antics). Go to England, are the teeth that bad? Really? I guess we don't spend massive amounts on unnatural, unnecessary, cosmetic procedures because our society is less image conscious and shallow (I said less, still exists)
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