As a mixed martial arts fighter, Raphael Davis is a force to be reckoned with: In the“light heavyweight” fight class, his record is 12 victories, with just 2 losses. As a con artist, however, the 35-year-old Costa Mesa, Calif. man is an epic failure.
Police arrested Davis earlier this month, charging him with four felony counts of insurance fraud in connection with allegedly filing false workers’ compensation claims.
Before dominating the ring under the nickname “The Noodle,” Davis worked as a firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department. But while he was supposedly laid up from Dec. 2, 2008 to May 20, 2011, he was actually laying out the competition, fighting in a total of seven MMA matches.
About a month ago, Davis earned his 12th career victory, delivering a second-round technical knockout. Sherdog.com reports that Davis fought in Bellator Fighting Championships, the second largest MMA promotion behind Zuffa, which owns subsidiaries Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce.
After being arrested on April 10, Davis posted $30,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for May 1 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Davis could spend 5 years in jail if convicted. Regardless, he is still a bona fide contender…for the 2012 Fraud Hall of Shame.