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Bellator Fighter Joe Vedepo Arrested for Alleged Assault on Officer

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(Joe Vedepo, photo courtesy of Bellator MMA)

Bellator fighter Joe Vedepo was reportedly arrested after a drunken altercation with police and has now been taken into custody. According to The Gazette, Iowa City Police officers responded on Friday to a report of a man who refused to leave an Iowa City bar. Police reports state that Vedepo told police officers that he “knew his rights” and went back into the bar. Vedepo resisted the officers, allegedly head butting one officer in the chest and sending him to the hospital with back injuries. Officers took him to the ground and attempted to handcuff him, but he rolled and kicked his legs at officers.

(Joe Vedepo lands a front kick on ben crowder, photo courtesy of Bellator MMA)

Officers used a taser in an attempt to subdue him, but it was ineffective. It reportedly took several officers to pull Vedepo’s arms behind his back and place him in the back of a squad car. After, he began to kick at officers and made contact with one of them. Joe Vedepo’s post-arrest breath test indicated that he had a blood alcohol content of .241%, three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle in Iowa.

(Joe Vedepo mug shot, photo via thegazette.com)
(Joe Vedepo mug shot, photo via thegazette.com)

Joe Vedepo was arrested and now faces one count of assault causing injury to a peace officer, an aggravated misdemeanor, two counts of assault on peace officers, a serious misdemeanor, one count of public intoxication, and a simple misdemeanor. Vedepo remains in custody on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

Joe Vedepo (17-9) last competed on November 15th at Bellator 131, losing to King Mo via TKO in the 3rd round. Vedepo has competed formerly in the UFC, ZT Fight Night, and Bellator since 2012. Bellator President Scott Coker reported to MMAJunkie that he wants the legal process to play out before making a decision on Vedepo’s status in the organization. Coker reports: “If everything is exactly what it says, we will be cutting him.”

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