There have been a lot of sleazy things that has happened in MMA over the years, but what happened at an MMA event in Canada could top them all.
BTC Fight Promotions ran their first event on Saturday, May 27 and it was headlined by a fight between UFC veteran Matt Van Buren and Todd Stoute.
While there is nothing that particularly stands out with Van Buren, the UFC vet's opponent in Stoute is a convicted rapist.
According to a report by Press Reader out of Canada, approximately thirteen years ago (2004), the fighter was intoxicated from a mix of drugs and alcohol when Stoute, along with another man, picked up a seventeen year old prostitute to first have sex with her and then rob her.
The unnamed prostitute found out the plan of Stoute and his accomplice after her purse went missing.
That was when Stoute and the second person forced her into a van, then Stoute drove the van while the second man raped the girl in the back. The duo then beat the teenager in a horrific manner, tossed her into a dumpster without her already stolen purse and a cell phone.
DNA evidence would eventually link Stoute to the crime and the fighter was sentenced to two years in prison. It was a shortened sentence due to Stoute’s compliance with the case, the fighter was charged with assault that caused bodily harm, sexual assault and failure to comply with a probation order.
Stoute would get out of prison in 2009, which is when he turned to professional MMA and has thus far compiled an MMA record of 9-3-0.
A mini-documentary was made about Stoute’s life after prison, which had the following synopsis:
‘How would you live your life knowing that the majority of people already have a predetermined opinion of you? That's what undefeated MMA fighter Todd Stoute has to deal with daily as the 29 year old is trying to separate his past from the man that he is today.’
“People who don’t really know me judge me on a past that they don’t even really know the full detail about,” Stoute stated. “There was a time when that got to me. But the fact is that I realize that the hate and the anger and resentment that [they] have for me, [they] have to carry that.”
BTC Promotions has yet to comment on the situation and a date for Stoute’s next fight has yet to be announced as well.
By the way, in that main event fight, it was the convicted rapist who walked away with a decision win.