Monday, February 4, 2008
Fans watching UFC 81 on Saturday night got more than they bargained for when the preliminary bout between Tim Boetsch and David Heath was aired. In the bout - which was Boetsch's Octagon debut - the newcomer battered his opponent repeatedly and threw him head-first against the cage, then continued the beating until the referee called a halt to the fight. Adding insult to injury, the former Lock Haven wrestler subsequently rifled through the fallen Heath's pockets, taking credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash. It was nothing short of a mugging, and according to sources within the Clark County district attorney's office, criminal charges are now pending. "We are reviewing the tape," said a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. "If Mr. Boetsch did in fact commit a crime, he will be brought to justice." Said UFC President Dana White, who was no doubt pleased with Boetsch's action-packed performance: "Do you want to be a fucking mugger?"