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.