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Bellator, UFC veteran Joe Vedepo got real drunk, arrested for sending police officer to hospital in Iowa

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When mixed martial arts (MMA) fans last saw Joe Vedepo, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran was on the wrong side of a "King" Mohammed Lawal whooping, three rounds of takedowns and ground 'n pound to open Bellator 131 in San Diego, California (see full results here).

The referee that night, Jason Herzog, saved "The Doctor" from further injury 39 seconds into the third round. He couldn't treat himself for his own wounds medically, and he probably shouldn't represent himself legally, either, for his latest setback, the result of head-butting a police officer in Iowa City.

Local authorities were called to Sports Column Bar in Iowa City, Iowa on Friday afternoon according to, which was undoubtedly showing the Nebraska vs. Iowa college football game at the time. Vedepo, an Iowa native, might have been taking it personally that the Hawkeyes had blown a 17-point lead and would go on to lose to the Cornhuskers in overtime.

Either way, the over-served Vedepo refused to leave the establishment upon request. And when local authorities could not persuade him to get gone, it took "several officers" to take down the professional fighter, but not before one suffered back injuries as a result of Vedepo's head butt.

He was also apparently immune to the effects of being directly shot with a taser.

There's no word yet from Bellator MMA as to whether or not this incident will impact his current standing with the promotion. As of Monday morning, he was still being held by Iowa City police on a $10,000 bond.

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