Oh, you can’t collect workers’ comp from your fireman job while moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter? Although that logic might be clear to most, Bellator light heavyweight Raphael Davis (Pictured) just learned the hard way.
On Wednesday, Davis entered a plea agreement regarding his workers’ compensation case with the City of Los Angeles. After owning up to his “misunderstanding,” Davis agreed to perform 200 hours of community service and has already paid back the full amount he collected during the time he was on leave.
That total was not disclosed.
Davis served with the Los Angeles Fire Department for over 8 years. During the course of his employment, he sustained verified and documented injuries. Due to those on-duty wounds, “Noodle” required not only medical attention, but also underwent various surgeries.
Because of the extent of these injuries, he was forced to take time off from the LAFD.
He was not allowed to work or perform any activities that were inconsistent with his doctor’s restrictions. However, for some reason, Davis was under the impression that continuing to train and compete in mixed martial arts was within the scope of doctor’s orders.
At the time, Davis believed that as long as he could perform and maintain a certain training regimen and did not exacerbate his injuries, he was complying with his doctor’s limitations. Davis now realizes competing in MMA was out of bounds.
Davis owns a 12-2 professional record.