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Firefighter Arrested For MMA Bouts While On Workman’s Compensation

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A firefighter has been arrested for taking part in MMA (mixed martial arts) bouts while out on workman’s compensation.

Los Angeles firefighter Raphael Davis (above, in the black and white trunks) had the cuffs slapped on him after investigators noticed he competed in seven MMA bouts while out on workman’s compensation. Oops.

Davis, who now faces charges of insurance fraud, could be sentenced to up to five years in jail if convicted. At the time of writing, he was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Sadly, officials haven’t released the details of Davis’ supposed injuries. However, good old-fashioned common sense would suggest if Davis was well enough to fight in MMA scraps, he’s well enough to fight fires. I mean, while most employees caught scamming are spotted lifting a heavy object or something, this dude was punching and kicking the crap out of other people.

According to MMA site Sherdog, Rafael ‘Noodle’ Davis has an overall record of 12-2, and was 6-1 while on leave. Hardly the stats of a man suffering injuries preventing him from work.

The 35-year-old was arrested at his Lomita home at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney’s office. He was slapped with four felony counts of insurance fraud.

What’s particularly odd is how Davis thought he could get away with this: MMA fights are well-viewed on YouTube, and the aforementioned Sherdog closely tracks results in an online database. It’s not a case that required Colombo to crack.

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18 Responses to “Firefighter Arrested For MMA Bouts While On Workman’s Compensation”

  1. Sonja Kennedy

    Just dumb! Evidently he wasn't too injured to fight! Yes, he should pay for all his expenses and go to jail for fraud.

  2. John Moses

    just to play devils advocate. what if he had ptsd from something that happened while fighting fires… if I were his lawyer I would at least try that argument.

  3. Dave Daniels

    This is merely a drop in the bucket compared to the Police and Firefighters defrauding workers comp and disability all across America. The norm now is for a Police Officer or Firefighter to put in their 20 years then suddenly become disabled, aquire a disability pension equal to or close to their final slary then seek employment with another department outside the county so they are basically drawing about $150,000+ per year. This is why Aanold wasnt supported here in California by the Corrections/Police/Fire because he sought to put an end to this abuse which cost us taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and placed our state into such a deep hole we'll never see the light of day.

  4. Frank Webner

    This guy destroys the legitimacy of people with real work injuries, like myself. What infuriates me the most is the process that we have to go through to even get worker's comp., I had years of struggle and hospitals just to get mine, and I am still not fixed. This is perhaps why the process is so difficult for the rest of us, this jerk ruins what is supposed to be a legitimate program for an injured worker and makes it a mockery. I hope they throw the book at him, I have son's that are Firefighters and MMA fighters and I would kick their butts if they pulled a scam like this.

  5. Susan Lowe

    If California's pension fund doesn't prohibit disabled members from retaining their disability payments if they're re-imployed in like jobs, that's a problem. But that is not why California is in a deep financial hole. The passage of propositions that are not accompanied by tax increases to pay for them is the main culprit.

  6. Susan Lowe

    There are administrative jobs that he could have done even if he suffered from PTSD. This guy appears to have been ripping off the system and I hope he does time for it if that was the case.

  7. Jeri Hamman

    $12,000 a Year is not that much to live on when meds run around $500.00 a month and you have already lost your farm because of the other guy driving into the side of your car with his full size pick-up!

  8. Elaine Linderman

    WOW! A firefighter abusing the system. Cannot believe this. (For those of you who don't know me, this is written with TOTAL sarcasm.) Between firefighters and police officers, I don't know who abuses the system more. They think they are ABOVE THE LAW!

  9. Kevin Denz

    LOL the MMA gym is the last place you will catch me until I am off worker's comp..idiot

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