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Din Thomas arrested for allegedly running illegal cage fights

UFC lightweight, Din “Diniero” Thomas, was arrested today for running illegal cage fights in his Florida training center:

— Din Thomas, almost a legend in the ultimate fighting world, was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran “illegal cage fighting” matches at a local training studio that he runs, a police spokesman said.

Thomas, 31, faces a felony prohibited competitions charge after police got a tip Oct. 19 about the matches at a facility he uses in St. Lucie West.

Inside, they observed two men fighting in an octagon-shaped ring surrounded by about 150 spectators. The fights reportedly weren’t sanctioned.

Wow. I’m sure these kinds of bouts happen all over the country, but how in the hell do you get caught?

13 COMMENTS
  • Anton K says:

    Fight Club, anyone? Din should have kept it in the basement. I suppose his career is over…

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  • paddiosf says:

    It least it’s not Dogs…I’m kidding…that sucks for Din who’s well Respected Fighter in MMA…I wonder if the Charges Stand, if Dana will pull a Roger Goddell like move in Banish Him from the UFC……UFC is becoming like a Soap Opera these days….DRAMA……….

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  • Evan says:

    He’s done in the UFC for sure.

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  • MJC_123 says:

    “Almost a legend”
    Brilliant

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  • dizzle says:

    maybe it wasn’t illegal cage fighting…maybe they were just demostrating moves in a play like fashion. Maybe it’s all staged like WWF or something.

    either way it’s not a big deal to an MMA fan like myself.

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  • c-ing_red says:

    I don’t know what the laws are, but how is that different from a Muay Thai school having a interschool match in a ring?

    I am thinking this is just someones knee-jerk reaction to something that they know nothing about. Hopefully he gets cleared or the law is outlined a little more clearly.

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  • Evan says:

    c-ing_red

    Probably has to do with gambling.

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  • davidlynch says:

    Who are these losers still calling mma “ultimate fighting”? I’ve got a new name for football: radical rugby. How’s that sound? Calabunga dude! Bodacious bouncy ball is the new name for basketball. Can you dig it? Hulkamania running wild.

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  • c-ing_red says:

    Evan – Thanks, guess we should wait until it becomes clear or the full story is out, eh?

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  • ryan seacrest says:

    Are you serious a legend? What a joke. I did not know Vince McMahon owned UFC or MMA. This is getting out of hand.

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  • Christine Orlando says:

    I know Din Thomas from his Orlando Training days when he was working with 11 time world champion Mike Bell. He and another fighter where actully at my house for a barbeque before Din went to Top team in lauderdale. He is a stand up guy with manners and a christian guy. There is someone out for something here, I do not believe his career is over, and thanks to everyone for frying him before all of the facts are out.
    C

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  • […] year by suspension and uppercut, respectively. Din Thomas has always been intriguing, and not just when he’s in the hoosegow. And they also have a back-flipping 300+ lb. heavyweight, so at least they’re working with a […]

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  • Marc says:

    completely off the subject , any of you guys know if there is a cage fighting club or something of the sort in Western Australia ? i am keen on joining if there is ! Did it in South Africa before moving over to Australia ! some info would be verymuch appreciated – thanx – Marc (Venomous Viper Smith) !

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