clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UFC veteran jailed for operating multiple cannabis farms

David McNew/Getty Images

I guess Karlos Vemola wasn't paying attention when Josh Rosenthal got pinched for pot.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight was sentenced to one year in jail for his role in running illegal cannabis farms in Hertfordshire, England. Also swept up by local law enforcement was his in-laws, Terrance Byman and Linda Sharp, and former partner Sarah Sharp.

That's according to a report from International Business Times (via Sherdog).

Peter Shaw, for the prosecution, said that police had found skunk cannabis worth £18,200, as well as UV lighting, ducting and plastic sheeting during raids on the three properties. Vermola had made around £6,500 from the enterprise by the time it was found, while the court heard he might have made up to £120,000 a year in his fighting career.

Vemola told the courts his pot was for pain, not profit.

Nicknamed "The Terminator," Vemola (16-5) parted ways with ZUFFA after a submission loss to Caio Magalhaes in mid-2013. He rebounded with a torrid seven-fight win streak -- with five submission finishes -- but was tripped up by Jack Hermansson last August.

Still just 30 years old, Vemola has plenty of time time to get his pot-free career back on track in 2017.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania