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Matt Hughes settles in assault case

Have you ever wanted to get a picture of yourself being choked out by your favorite MMA fighter, but they refused for legal reasons? Sounded pretty stupid, huh? Well, you can blame Jed Leist for that shit. Jed had Matt Hughes put him in a choke hold and then sued him for it:

A battery and assault lawsuit filed against former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (Pictures) in Clark County District Court was dismissed by plaintiff Jed Leist on June 16 after the parties settled out of court.

The case, which also cited intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence from Hughes, was filed on March 28, 2007, and scheduled to go before a jury trial on June 30.

According to court documents, the alleged altercation occurred “on or about” October 13, 2006 inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino following UFC 64 “Unstoppable.”

The suit contended Hughes and/or other unnamed defendants “grabbed and placed” Leist in a hold “as to cause injury and damage.” Hughes’ actions were “unwanted, not consented or authorized,” by the plaintiff and inflicted “over his protests,” stated the documents.

Prior to the dismissal, Leist was seeking damages in excess of $10,000 per each charge plus attorney’s fees and additional expenses due to “severe humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress.”

The suit also claimed Leist was both partially and permanently disabled from the alleged assault.

Sounds like a fucking setup, huh? Of course, there’s always two sides to a story. If you’ve ever read into the McDonalds ‘hot coffee’ lawsuit, you’ll realize that they WERE in the wrong for serving coffee that was 190 freaking degrees. If it had been at the normal 145, no serious burns would have occurred instead of the coffee melting all the skin off a woman’s legs and crotch.

So while Jed Leist might have asked Matt to ‘choke him’, does that mean he expected Hughes to grab him by the neck, thrash him around, and not let go? I’m not sayin that’s what happened but we’ve certainly seen fighters goof around without realizing the Average Joe tends to snap in half fairly easily.

  • Fightlinker Jackal says:


  • when I had my pic taken with chuck liddell the photographer suggested he put me in a choke.

    i was like, “uh, actually…” but before I could protest (I think it’s lame as fuck) Chuck had spun me around and slapped it on

    fucked tried squeezing my head off to, but I wasn’t going to tap – not to him!

  • Omomatta says:

    You should have made a deal. “you can put me in a choke if I you’ll giggle like the pillsbury doughboy when I poke you in the belly”

  • KhrisKiller says:

    LMFAO!!!! That was REALLY funny Mr.Omomatta!

  • goo says:

    I never got the appeal of being choked out by a fighter. That radio woman getting choked out by Randy, Laimon choking out the South African MMA Girl…just throw your arm over my shoulder, either do the stupid Faber surfer thing or make a fist with your free hand and let’s get this over with.

  • garth says:

    i like that you pointed out that mcdonald’s case…people use that as kind of the “wtf is wrong with America??!” case, and it’s so very much not. no one knows the facts at all, and everyone thinks they do. there’s a lot of shit out there exactly like that.

  • Denton says:

    Nah, if you ask to be put in a chokehold and even if Matt was dick and did it too hard, you’re an adult, you consented. And even though some might give him the benefit of the doubt, he’s still a big fat pussy. And Matt’s an asshole. But it’s still hell of a lot better to be an asshole than a big fat, sweaty puss. I’m just sayin.

  • crs says:

    All I want is just a picture of Wanderlei and I having a staredown. That would be awesome.

  • Hammer says:

    M. Hughes is a wanker. He is an over the hill college wrestler that has gotten a lot of mileage out of mediocre talent. I hope he gets caught by one of Serras haymakeers. A hack like Hughes is just the type to walk into one of those..