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    Din Thomas Arrested: Unsanctioned MMA matches

    http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2007/oct/...s-accused-run/

    Ultimate fighting celebrity Din Thomas arrested after allegedly running illegal matches in PSL

    By Will Greenlee (Contact)
    Originally published 11:26 a.m., October 30, 2007
    Updated 01:04 p.m., October 30, 2007

    PORT ST. LUCIE — 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.
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    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.

    The state Boxing Commission, which is part of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, licenses and regulates professional boxing and mixed martial arts in Florida, DBPR spokesman Sam Farkas said.

    Amateur boxing matches are regulated and licensed by a sanctioning committee that's approved by the boxing commission, but no mixed martial arts fights are allowed at the amateur level.

    “At the end of the day, he was having a professional mixed martial arts match that was not licensed through us,” Farkas said. “It was a case of unlicensed activity.”

    Thomas is well known in the world of ultimate fighting, commonly known as mixed martial arts, a brutal combination of boxing, kickboxing and wrestling in a boxing ring or cage. The fighting is so intense that most fights are limited to three five-minute rounds.

    Thomas, who lost last month to Kenny Florian in an Ultimate Fighting Championship match televised live on Spike TV, has a gym on South U.S. 1 near Port St. Lucie Boulevard. It’s named American Top Team Port St. Lucie (ATTPSL) because of an affiliation with American Top Team, a national organization with franchises across the country.

    A Delaware native, Thomas was 12 when he moved with his family to Port St. Lucie, graduating from Port St. Lucie High School in 1994.
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    I say this is stupid. Unsanctioned matches happen all the time, and the police around here don't do jack about it. Unless there's money to be made, they are usually ignored.
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    10 to 1 the "spectators" were just the members of the two schools that were having a smoker match. Unless they were charged admission for the event it's not illegal, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kintanon
    10 to 1 the "spectators" were just the members of the two schools that were having a smoker match. Unless they were charged admission for the event it's not illegal, right?
    Seriously, what made it illegal? Would normal sparring fall under the distinction of an "unsanctioned fight?" This is ridiculous.

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    So he got arrested for having an MMA smoker...?

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    Ridiculous. And the author's tool too. You can tell, by this.

    Thomas is well known in the world of ultimate fighting, commonly known as mixed martial arts, a brutal combination of boxing, kickboxing and wrestling in a boxing ring or cage. The fighting is so intense that most fights are limited to three five-minute rounds.
    First, it should be, "in the world of mixed martial arts , commonly known as ultimate fighting" because MMA is the proper name and "ultimate fighting" is what the uneducated refer to it as. And I love how the fight is "limited" to 3 5 minute rounds. Hm, boxing is 3 minute rounds. Pro bouts are at least, what 5 rounds in boxing? That makes low level pro boxing fights the same length. High level bouts are 12, right? That 36 minutes, but championship UFC bouts are 25. Still pretty longs. Freestyle wrestling bouts are 2x3, 6 minute bouts. Far shorter. So MMA bouts aren't "limited" in any way due to their intensity.

    This author's an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaChinkOfSteel
    So he got arrested for having an MMA smoker...?
    It could also have been a true underground prize fight rather than an amateur, but reading between the lines, it sounds like it. Let's hope it's some local knob and not the start of a bigger trend.

    And hope good thoughts for Din Thomas. Felony for fucks sake.

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    150 people is a pretty big number for a smoker... but still, gay that it's a felony charge

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    Quote Originally Posted by partyboy
    150 people is a pretty big number for a smoker... but still, gay that it's a felony charge
    I can imagine it being 150 people...ATT has a pretty strong group of guys, probably with a lot of friends...in fact, I'm pretty sure they had an intra-school thing between Orlando and PSL ATT's...friendly competition, you know? So I don't think it's too far to think that 150 people could have been at a smoker...

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