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UFC Pioneer Harold Howard Arrested After Multiple Assaults, Driving Truck Into Casino

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For once, it would be nice to hear a news story about an old-school UFC competitor that didn’t involve a horrible crime or a death hoax. Ah, well. The Niagara Falls Review is reporting that 51-year-old martial artist Harold Howard — who compiled a 2-3 MMA record from 1994-1996, including a victory via forfeit over Royce Gracie at UFC 3 — was arrested last night after a Quinton Jackson-esque vehicular freak-out. Here’s what Howard has been accused of doing:

– Assaulting a male and a female with a weapon following a dispute at a residence, then fleeing the scene in his pick-up truck.

– Smashing into another vehicle in the driveway of a different residence, then taking off again.

– Evading police when they caught up to Howard and tried to pull him over.

– Intentionally driving his truck into the front doors of the Fallsview Casino, where he came to a stop a short distance from the gaming floor.

– Failing to double-down on 11.

Said Niagara Regional Police Staff Sgt. Shawn Clarkson: "Thank God it wasn’t a Friday night. We were extremely fortunate not more people were around. A couple of people had to duck out of the way, but we could of had some real serious problems there if it had been a few hours earlier or another day…There were serious injuries [to the victims of the initial assaults], but not life-threatening at this point. There were head injuries and lacerations to arms and hands. They were taken to hospital and tests were being done."

Howard might be looking at serious jail time considering all the charges he picked up — two counts of attempted murder (!), two counts of assault with a weapon, attempted break and enter, fail to remain, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief and two counts of breach of recognizance.

A photo of the casino crime scene is below. In the immortal words of Howard himself, "I told you if it worked it worked, and it did and I didn’t, so in the end it didn’t."

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robthom- December 23, 2009 at 9:47 am
That picture is awesome.
Richard Tucker- December 23, 2009 at 9:05 am
@ Vrax:

I always thought that was an urban legend. "I had to register my hands as deadly weapons after I got my black belt"...that sort of shit.
agentsmith- December 23, 2009 at 8:31 am
Looks like someone's about to get shipped off to the maple syrup mines for a few decades.
portland mma- December 23, 2009 at 8:28 am
Ben did a poll one time and he found out that 93 percent of the users of the site are Canadian Lawyers so you shouldn't have much of a problem.
Vrax- December 23, 2009 at 4:49 am
I don't know what the laws are up there but in Ohio, if a martial artists commits Battery, it is automatically bumped up to assault with a deadly weapon - namely the artist's body. If a MAist Assaults someone with a weapon it is considered intent to kill.

Any Canuck lawyers around to shed some light?
Phattousai- December 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Ehh, I would have been impressed if he would have flipped the car forward, landing it on its back hitting absolutely no one.

Can a brother get an animated gif in this bitch?
Robocop Didnt Tap- December 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Harold Howard thought it was a drive-thru until he kneed the casino in the balls. still works!
Dr.- December 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm
Rex. Kwon. Do.

Do you think anyone wants a roundhouse kick to face while I'm wearing these bad-boys? Forget about it.
mjmcnns- December 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm
Obviously somebody didn't believe Harold when he said, "if you're going to come on...come on!!!"
Seoul Brother- December 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm
I can't wait to see the mug shot, but you know things are bad when you look like Nick Nolte AFTER "Extreme Makeover."
Shatski- December 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm
"You always double down on eleven, baby. Ladies, am I right?" Nice reference.
meanfinger- December 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm
this video is fuckin awesome.. i had no idea meth made its way up to canada!
Harry Sack- December 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Harold promptly proceded to (ahem) "git er' dun" when he pulled up to his girlfriends trailer and found her giggling uncontrolably and swilling Keystone Light with another 'feller' while pointing out to her new boyfriend that Harry had one win by forfiet - therfore his 'real' UFC record was 1-3. Them thar's fighting werds.
Dmonicideals- December 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Carrot Top v. Cris Cyborg for the SF women title! Make it happen Scott Coker!
portland mma- December 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm
I actually feel a lot safer now.
portland mma- December 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm
I honestly wouldn't fuck with Carrot top that dude is the most ripped chick I have ever seen in my life
El Famous Burrito- December 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm
You or me wouldn't, but Mullet-powered Harold Howard might have just saved us the trouble.
El Famous Burrito- December 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Let's not jump to conclusions, either.

What if the two people he allegedly assaulted were Osama bin Laden and Carrot Top?

Do we really want to crucify an American Hero like that?
portland mma- December 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm
I think that only applies to a situation where your vehicle has a larger then life decal of you on it so the police know who they are trying to arrest before it happens.
Dmonicideals- December 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm
@portland mma:

He just did it in the wrong state. Had he done it in CA, they would have just let him off with probation, and offered him a movie roll in the upcoming A-Team 2 movie.
portland mma- December 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm
That's illegal? People, people I think we are getting a little too PC as a society when a guy can't assault 2 people with a weapon, crash into another car and drive off, while evading the police, and then drive their car into a casino full of people.

This article would have been a thousand times better if he drove a turquoise Mazda Miata though.
DAN THE VIKING- December 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm
My favorite memory of Harold Howard was him vs Roland Payne. Howard wasnt doing particularily good until he got kicked in the nuts. Right after the nut shot he takes one second to reel in pain and then he gritts his teeth and angrily throws the most straight down the pipe 10 or so punches resembling that of an older brother beatdown, which ended the fight. Pure skill.
Ha ha ha
Crap Factory- December 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Is that Curt Hennig?
ghostboner- December 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Wait isn't that the new ring girl? I thought her name was Chantella or something. She looks much better in that youtube clip.
ghostboner- December 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm
No worries as long as he keeps that killer skullet-teeth-teal v neck combo he will always have work in the world of Professional Wrestlin.