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Fireman who competes in martial arts charged with insurance fraud

April 10, 2012 |  2:04 pm

Los Angeles City firefighter Raphael "Noodle" Davis was arrested Tuesday by Los Angeles County district attorney's investigators for allegedly filing false worker's compensation insurance claims, the D.A.'s office announced.

Davis, 35, a mixed martial arts fighter, was arrested at his Lomita home about 9 a.m. and is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. Prosecutors filed four felony counts of insurance fraud against Davis, who allegedly filed for worker's compensation insurance between December 2008 and May 2011. If convicted as charged, he faces up to five years in county jail.

As a fighter, Davis was also known as "Noodle" and had trained at Reign Training Center in Orange County. He began competing in 2006, taking part in such martial arts competitions as the Cage of Fire, the Strength and Honor Championship and the Bellator Fighting Championship, and had a record of 12 wins and two losses. His most recent competition -- which he won -- was on March 24 in Geneva, Switzerland, according the mixed martial arts discussion forum, Sherdog.

Davis also competed against other firefighters and law enforcement officials in events staged by a fighting club known as Badgefights. In a 2009 competition in Palm Springs designed to raise money for charity, Davis won his bout against Los Angeles police officer Phillip Miller.

According to Davis’ Twitter account, he had most recently been working out with fighters Mark Munoz and Jake Ellenberger.

"Just finished running 2.5 miles in 16:44 min. Not to [sic] bad for an old guy!" he wrote last month.

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