Former UFC Fighter Rob Broughton Headed To Prison For Role In European Drug Ring

Former UFC Fighter Rob Broughton is heading to prison for his role as the "enforcer" in a criminal drug ring run out of the United Kingdom.

The report comes from The Liverpool Echo's Neil Docking that Broughton was the muscle behind Alan and John Tobin, a pair of brothers who sold drugs primarily cocaine to gangs across Europe. The Englishman helped the siblings move up to $41 million in drug money, collected debts from people who owed them money, and helped them run their day-to-day business. Another pair of twin brothers Anthony and Leon Cullen were amongst the customers of the Tobin's, who run a heavily armed drug gang themselves, also are connected to Broughton who was in regular phone contact with the pair about offering his services to them. Judge Garrett Byrne sentenced the St. Helens, England native to eight and a half years in prison for his role in the crime ring, despite his lawyer's best efforts to reduce his charges to just money laundering.

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Broughton went 16-7-1 as a professional mixed martial artist and last competed in June 2015. He's a former Cage Rage British Heavyweight champion and went 1-2 in his three Octagon apperances with his most notable fight coming at UFC 135 in September 2011 where he lost a unanimous decision to Travis Browne. Broughton also faced the likes of former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, James Thompson twice, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, and Oil Thompson throughout his fighting career.

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