With how much adrenaline rides through their circulatory system, who would’ve thunk cage-fighters would turn on society? Not me, no way, never crossed my mind. So it came as a shock today to discover that two separate, unrelated crimes were allegedly perpetrated by two guys that beat the living shit out of opponents for a living. The first is of American mixed martial artist Jarrod Wyatt—he’s been charged with a bit of the ol’ ultra-violence, for having ripped out the heart, tongue and face off of a friend while tripping on mushrooms. Across the pond, the BBC reports that Lee Murray, who boasts an 8 – 2 – 1 career record, has been sentenced in Morocco for masterminding the £53m raid in Kent in 2006, the largest bank robbery in the UK’s history.
The frightful incident that Gawker’s appropriately calling “the most violent murder of the year” has Jarrod Wyatt set to out-Mayhem Varg Vikernes for being violently evil. According to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s office, ”Wyatt said he’d cut out Powell’s tongue, and that he’d removed his heart. He also mentioned that there had been a “big fight” in the kitchen. Wyatt told him that when he’d looked at Powell’s face he’d seen the devil.” He killed his friend Taylor Powell after drinking mushroom tea and rambling about the end of the world. Well, let this just be a lesson for D.A.R.E. officers to use next time around.
And then there’s the case of bank robber-edtraordinaire Lee Murray. In Kent, England in 2006, he and crack team of at least six kidnapped bank depot manager Colin Dixon and his family while posing as police officers, allowing them access to the cache of bank notes. The press has named him “stopwatch” for operating the raid with military precision, getting in and out in an hour. Four days after the heist, Murray fled to Morocco with his share, and was subsequently apprehended by authorities. Because Murray’s nationality is Moroccan, the African nation refused extradition, so the bruiser now has to rot ten years in Moroccan prisons, known for a slew of inmate abuse.
Well, maybe these scumbags can make practical use of their fighting powers to become top dog of the prison yard. And maybe we should all give MMA fighters a bit more breadth when we pass them on the sidewalk, noticeable by their tattoos and spastic mannerisms, ‘cus you don’t want shit going down.