MMA fighter Joe Vedepo was arrested last week following a brawl at an Iowa bar, and remains in police custody on a $10,000 bond.
Vedepo, who is described on his official UFC profile as having “a great chin, heavy hands, and tenacious ground-and-pound”, reportedly head-butted one police officer who was later hospitalized with a back injury.
The incident occurred Friday afternoon, when police were called as Vedepo, who has accumulated a 17-9 record and is currently signed to Bellator, was reported as having refused to leave the Sports Column bar in Iowa City.
According to a report in The Gazette, Vedepo was restrained by several officers after a Taser proved ineffective. The report notes that Vedepo has had several run-ins with the law including convictions on drug and theft charges.
A breath test conducted after his arrest revealed Vedepo’s blood alcohol level at 0.241%, or three times the state’s legal limit to operate a vehicle.
Vedepo faces one count of assault causing injury to a peace officer, an aggravated misdemeanor; two counts of assault on peace officers, a serious misdemeanor; and one count of public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.
Yesterday, MMAJunkie reached out to Bellator President Scott Coker, who said via text message: “If everything is exactly what it says, we will be cutting him.”
Vedepo’s last bout was a TKO loss at light heavyweight to Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 131 on November 15.