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Bellator fighter Joe Vedepo arrested for public intoxication, officer hospitalized

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Looks like someone got a little overly festive this holiday season.

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Joe Vedepo is a longtime vet of the MMA fight scene. He made his pro debut back in 2005, and by 2008 he was fighting for the UFC. An 0-2 stint saw him get bounced to the regionals, where he made his way to Bellator, where he's competed almost exclusively since 2012. Most recently, he lost to King Mo Lawal on the main card of Bellator 131. Now, even his spot on the Bellator roster may be in jeopardy, as local Iowa City ABC affiliate, kcrg.com reports that Vedepo was arrested last Friday, November 28, at the Sports Column bar.

When officers attempted to escort Vedepo off the premises following complaints of public intoxication, he reportedly became belligerent, and from there everything went downhill.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers responded to the Sports Column at 2:22 p.m. Friday for a report of a man inside who refused to leave. Responding officers encountered Jody "Joe" Vedepo, 31, of Columbus Junction, who is also known as "The Doctor" according to Ultimate Fighting Championship and other mixed martial arts websites. According to a December 2000 Gazette article, Vedepo wrestled for City High in Iowa City as a senior.

Police said Vedepo told officers he "knew his rights" and was going back into the bar. Vedepo resisted the officers and head butted one officer in the chest, sending him to the hospital with injuries to his back. Officers took Vedepo to the ground and attempted to handcuff him, but he rolled his body and kicked his legs. Officers deployed a Taser in an attempt to subdue Vedepo, but it was ineffective, police said.

Eventually, after being handcuffed, Vedepo reportedly continued to kick out at officers, connecting with one of them. A breathalyzer test revealed his blood alcohol level to be .241, more than three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle (which Vedepo wasn't). Vedepo is currently being held on $10,000 bail for assault causing injury to a peace officer, two counts of assault to a peace officer, and one count of public intoxication. All charges are misdemeanors.