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9 figures in combat sports who’ve been sent to the slammer

9 figures in combat sports who’ve been sent to the slammer
9 figures in combat sports who’ve been sent to the slammer

9 figures in combat sports who’ve been sent to the slammer

Being a professional fighter or notable name in the fight game certainly doesn’t suggest one will be more inclined to engage in criminal activity, but the high profile lifestyle that comes along with celebrity could prove difficult for anyone to handle and all but ensures that any brushes with the law will be shone under a pervasive public spotlight. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more prominent figures in the fight world to have been detained by the police— whether justly or not.

9) Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Jason Miller is a former mixed martial artist and UFC fighter who also starred in several movies and hosted the popular television series, Bully Beatdown. In 2012, he was arrested after being found asleep and naked in a church that he’d broken into. He was also arrested on several other occasions in incidents of domestic abuse, and even a standoff with the SWAT team.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Next: Don King

8) Don King

Many people know boxing promoter Don King for his big hair, colorful personality, and the mega-fights he’s put on during his many years involved in the sport, but what most don’t know is that he was involved in some very serious altercations with the law before he ascended into international fame— most notably a count of second degree murder when he stomped an employee who owed him money to death, along with a manslaughter charge after shooting a man who robbed his casino as well. Several years of his early life were spent in prison.

Don King

Don King

Don King

Don King

Next: War Machine

7) War Machine

Formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine is also a former MMA fighter, Ultimate Fighter contestant and pornographic actor. War Machine is currently serving time in High Desert State Prison after brutally beating his former girlfriend and pornographic film star, Christy Mack, along with the male accompanying her at the time. He also did prior time for several other charges related to assault and battery.

War Machine

War Machine

War Machine

War Machine

Next: Floyd Mayweather Jr

6) Floyd Mayweather Jr

Widely considered one of the greatest boxers of his era, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has also been involved in more than a couple of bouts with the law over the years. The charges laid against him have generally been of the domestic battery variety— some of which stuck and others that didn’t.

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Next: Brock Lesnar

5) Brock Lesnar

Several years before his reign as UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar was charged for illegally possessing steroids. Lesnar was exonerated from the charges after test results showed that the pills he was in possession of were not, in fact, steroids.

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

Next: Thiago Silva

4) Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva is a former UFC fighter who was arrested and detained for allegedly attempting to kill his estranged wife, which was followed by a standoff with the police. Charges were later dropped.

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva

Next: Mike Tyson

3) Mike Tyson

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson needs no introduction— neither does his rap sheet as it reads nearly as long as his list of knockout victims. Born and bred in the rough streets of New York, Tyson has had his fair share of trouble with the law throughout the course of his life— most notably a rape charge against a beauty pageant contestant that landed him in the slammer during the peak of his career. Thankfully, Tyson has done a great deal to clean up his image in recent years and is learning how to stay out of trouble.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Next: Arianny Celeste

2) Arianny Celeste

After a heated fight with her boyfriend at the time, Praveen Chandra, UFC Ring Girl Arianny Celeste was arrested on a count of battery domestic violence. Charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Arianny Celeste

Arianny Celeste

Arianny Celeste

Arianny Celeste

Next: Jon Jones

1) Jon Jones

All-time UFC great and former champion Jon Jones was stripped of his title after being involved in a hit and run that injured a pregnant woman in 2015. He’s been in trouble for other traffic, possession and probation violations over the years as well.

Jon Jones

Jon Jones

Jon Jones

Jon Jones

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