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.

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UFC 80: Jason Lambert vs. Wilson Gouveia

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The UFC has officially announced the fight between light heavyweights Jason Lambert and Wilson Gouveia at UFC 80 on January 19, in Newcastle, England.

Lanbert has won 9 of his last ten fights, including his most recent fight, knocking out Renato “Babalu” Sobral at UFC 68 in March.

The American Top Team fighter, Gouveia is on a 3 fight winning streak in the UFC.

Other Fights Announced for UFC 80

Alessio Sakara vs. James Lee
Sam Stout vs. Per Eklund
Paul Kelly vs. Paul Taylor