Photo via the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department.
California MMA fighter Jarrod Wyatt (1-0) plead guilty to murder last week for killing his training partner Taylor Powell in March, 2010. Wyatt agreed to a plea deal and got 50 years to life in prison for "murder involving mayhem."
The New York Daily News has more:
When police arrived that day at a home at the mouth of the Klamath River, they found Wyatt naked and covered in blood. He told the officers, "I killed him," and said he had cut out Powell's heart and tongue, according to court documents.
The officers found Powell's body on the couch of the Requa home. His chest was cut open, and his heart, tongue and the skin of his face were gone, court records said. His heart was found charred in a wood-burning stove.
An autopsy determined the organs had been removed while Powell was still alive, the documents said.
Witnesses say the two had ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms before the attack and believed they were involved in a struggle between God and the devil.
I think we can safely say there were no winners in that cosmic struggle.
This stands as a grisly but classic example of what I once termed MMA's goon culture:
Again, MMA can't be blamed for the actions of any of these individuals, but the connection between MMA practicioners and violent crime is being forged in the mind of the public. Even I, an ardent supporter of the sport and a life-long believer in the role of combat sports in teaching young people respect, self-control and honor, shudder to think of going to high school in a world where all the bullies know Jiu-Jitsu and "train UFC."