Firefighter On Workers’ Comp Caught Fighting in MMA League
Raphael Davis, a Los Angeles city firefighter, allegedly filed claims for worker's compensation insurance between December 2008 and May 2011, citing injuries that prevented him from working at his day job. Trouble is, prosecutors say during that same period Davis was caught moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter and fought seven bouts under the name "The Noodle". The 35-year-old has now been arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud.
Employees wrongfully claim workers' compensation all the time but they usually lay low in the process? Davis straight up rubbed this in the insurer's face - MMA's the hottest sport of the past decade, where countless bouts are bootlegged, uploaded online and covered on the many dedicated websites that have cropped up in these past few years. Davis himself fought a few bouts for MMA promoters M-1 and Bellator - hardly 'underground' leagues. Dude's even got photos of his fights on his Facebook profile.
He has now been hit with four felony counts of insurance fraud and a bail set at $30,000. He could serve five years in jail if convicted, which wouldn't be the worst thing - at least he'll get to practice escaping rear naked choke-holds.