The Top MMA Stories of the Decade: The Crimes of Lee Murray

Lee Murray (on right in black shirt) and an accomplice are arrested in Morocco.

Sherdog named the tale of Lee Murray the #7 MMA story of the decade:

7. Lee Murray (2002-Present)

If you can’t get enough of prizefighting and crime stories, the idea of a talented puncher wrapped up in one of the biggest money heists in history should be enough to completely arrest your attention. And it did: Lee Murray’s hop from mid-card attraction to antihero seized headlines from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and a full-length book, "Heist," which documents Murray’s (alleged) master plan to walk away with over $92 million in bank robbery winnings. He fled to Morocco; he was thrown in prison; he walked out of prison; he bought tacky, gold-plated furnishings; he inspired a kind of perverse reverence among observers who had to admire his audacity. Murray is not the sport’s only personality, but he’s perhaps the only one worth making a movie about. And that’s coming soon.

If you haven't already seen it, in the full entry is ESPN 360's classic segment on Murray and the heist. I've also included the full video of his epic bout against Anderson Silva from Cage Rage.

The guy may be a criminal mastermind, but in his hey day he was a very talented MMA fighter. Damn shame he threw it all away.

ESPN 360 Part 1

ESPN 360 Part 2

Murray vs Anderson Silva Part 1

Murray vs Anderson Silva Part 2

Murray vs Anderson Silva 3


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