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LAFD firefighter arrested for MMA fights while on workers comp

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Raphael Davis, seen in this picture from Sherdog.com, was arrested on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, for filing false workers compensation claims while he competed as a mixed martial arts fighter.

Raphael Davis, seen in this picture from Sherdog.com, was arrested on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, for filing false workers' compensation claims while he competed as a mixed martial arts fighter. (Sherdog.com)

A Los Angeles city firefighter was arrested on Tuesday, accused of filing false workers' compensation claims while he competed as a mixed martial arts fighter.

Raphael Davis, 35, was arrested at his Lomita home and charged with four felony counts of insurance fraud.

Prosecutors say Davis filed phony workers' compensation claims between Dec. 2, 2008, and May 20, 2011, but during that time, he was fighting in mixed martial arts as "The Noodle."

Davis is being held on $35,000 bail. He faces up to five years behind bars if convicted.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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