MMA News: Felony Charges Dropped Against Din Thomas

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Today the Port St. Lucie PD dropped felony charges against UFC lightweight fighter Din Thomas for running an illegal cage fighting event.

Thomas, 31, was originally charged with a felony count of running prohibited competitions following a tip to police about a “fight club” at a training studio in St. Lucie West. The crime was described by one prosecutor as promoting an activity not sanctioned by the Florida Boxing Commission, which has jurisdiction over professional boxing and mixed martial arts events.

Assistant State Attorney Jeff Hendriks said there was an exception to the law Thomas was arrested on: If all of the fighters are students of the school and the purpose of the event is training, then it is allowed. In addition, Thomas and the school did not profit from the event, as money was collected as part of a raffle and was later distributed.

“What is important is that the road patrol officers present had to determine whether they had probable cause to believe the statute was violated and given the information at the time, they acted appropriately,” Hendriks said in a statement. “I have a different, higher burden of proof, as well as the hindsight advantage of full knowledge of the facts from both sides and that is what formed my decision.”

Great news for Din Thomas, who still hasn’t started training again after tearing his meniscus during his fight with Kenny Florian at UFN 11.


  1. KOPower

    November 30, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    haha…judging but this dudes mugshot I would have said he is guilty as hell. jk. Din is a good ass fighter and I hope he comes back strong.

  2. tom

    December 1, 2007 at 12:12 am

    im happy that in is out an i hope he kicks some ass when he gets back and i hope the ufc oesnt kick him out this gay shit..

  3. Joe

    December 1, 2007 at 1:47 am

    The UFC wont "kick him out." The charges were dropped because the Assistant State Attorney determined that Din Thomas didn't break the law. It's pretty cut and dry. I'm glad that's how it turned out.

  4. Morey

    December 1, 2007 at 8:33 am

    The UFC only kicks people out when the fans dont want them there. The Babalu thing got blown out of proportion on all of these internet sites so the UFC had to kick him out.

  5. Strunky

    December 1, 2007 at 9:24 am

    We won't know if he broke the law or not; nor will we know if he profited, or how much betting was going on. All we know is Great F—-n Lawyer!

  6. kom34

    December 2, 2007 at 5:06 am

    Yeah ur right…great lawyer. They just happened to donate all fo their profits from a raffle to charity…it was for the kids…

  7. dane drebin

    December 7, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    vick and OJ need to meet his lawyer hahaha

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