Former UFC welterweight #RicardoFunch hasn't had a professional fight since 2015, but the cage fighter-turned-police officer was recently involved in a different kind of scrap.
Funch, who works as a police officer with the Ludlow Massachusetts Police Department, was on patrol on Christmas Eve when a self-proclaimed "cop hating" crook got into a car accident at around 1:30 p.m. on December 24.
Officer Funch responded to the scene and began interviewing his soon-to-be opponent, who gave his name as Maverick Splendid and began shouting about "hating cops".
Funch fought four times for the UFC between 2009 and 2012, becoming a police officer after amassing a 9-5 MMA record. He last fought back in November 2015 when he scored a quick 21 second knockout over Brett Oteri. The Brazilian fighter even took on eventual UFC 170 pound champion Johny Hendricks back at UFC 107.
While investigating the accident, one of the drivers refused to identify himself, giving his name as Maverick Splendid. When the officer went back to his car, the man then opened the passenger's side door of the cruiser and allegedly began to yell and swear at the officer, according to Masslive.com.
The officer then went around to talk to the man, later identified as Jason T. Leahey, 35, of Springfield, and try to calm him.
"He became increasingly hostile and dangerous towards the officer. Subject Leahey stated that he would not provide his identifying information to the officer and that he 'hates cops,'" Valadas said.
After a physical struggle, Funch was able to handcuff Leahey. Officer Stephen Sambor arrived and assisted with the arrest, he said.
Funch's impromptu opponent was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, furnishing a false name, motor vehicle operator refusing to identify himself, disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.