On February 22, 2006, Lee Murray and a group of masked men allegedly held up a London, England security depot and walked away with a staggering $92 million in cash.
Murray, who reportedly masterminded the world’s most lucrative heist, immediately fled the country with his share of the loot. Nearly a year after the theft, he was arrested on drug charges and has been marinating in a Morroccan slammer ever since.
After years of deafening silence, the former UFC star granted MiddleEasy an exclusive in-prison interview. According to the popular website, they obtained proof that Murray was indeed on the other end of the smuggled cell phone.
While he wasn’t about to elaborate on the reason he’s currently behind bars, “Lightening” texted about plenty of other fascinating tidbits in regards to his now-primitive lifestyle, including his daily MMA training regimen.
“OK. Wake up about 8am,we have our own hob to cook food on so I make some breakfast, usually oats, fruit yogurt and protein shake, then 9:30am the door opens to go out to the yard so I usually do some cardio, interval training with sprints and stuff, train for about a one hour, then go back to the room and have a carb and protein drink, then I heat a big saucepan of water and tip it into a bucket a go into the toilet room to have a shower if that’s what u want to call it. I use a pot to scoop the water out the bucket to tip over me, when I finish I have something to eat again, something light. The door closes again at 11am, I sleep a little, then the door opens at 2:30pm, there’s a guy here who was a kickboxing champion Zakaria Moussaoui. Me and him do some Thai training, pad work sparring or kettle-bells, then at 5pm the door closes again till the morning. I have something to eat at 6pm, then I pass some time by reading some books or mags, watch some DVDs, UFC, movies. … Then at 10pm I eat again and about 1-2am I sleep. It’s not too bad.”
With Murray, the ‘Once a fighter, always a fighter’ mantra appears to reign supreme. Although he hasn’t competed in a professional MMA fight in over six years, he claims he’d be ready to scrap within a half-year of his release date.
“Six months. I always kept myself in good shape even when I was isolated by myself. It’s easy now I have a sparring partner who has stand-up skills that could hold his own with most fighters in the welterweight and middleweight division in the UFC. I have kettle-bells, dumbbells, skipping ropes, bands, the only thing I’m missing here is the wrestling & BJJ, it wouldn’t take me long to get back to the top and besides, I’m more hungry than ever. The first opponent would get a hole punched in his head.”
Unfortunately for Murray, much has changed in the sport since his exit. Although is conditioning and stand-up may be sharp, the ground game has dominated MMA of late.
At the same time, it’s not as tough a release date is in sight. So all this could be a moot point.
“Morocco is the land of unexpected, they could come knock on my door tomorrow and say you’re going home. If someone knows the king and puts in a good word for me, like when I’m released, I’m gonna represent Morocco and a great fighter is rotting away and he should be freed, then who knows. Maybe I will be released to fight another day.”
Once that day comes, Murray is hoping to make a Mike Vick-esque resurgence.
“I truly believe I’m gonna be out sooner rather than later, and when I’m out, I’m gonna be back better than ever and If [Dana White] gave me the chance to fight in the UFC again, which wouldn’t be a problem now because I don’t need a visa for certain countries, I would become UFC champion, without a doubt. … Can you imagine that story? That would be one hell of a story … I believe it’s still possible!!”
In closing, Murray said he doesn’t regret anything that has transpired during his 33 years on this earth.
“I have no regrets on any part of my life, the way I lived my life has made me the man I am today I’ve done a lot of things a lot of other people would regret but I don’t think you should regret anything in life, just learn from it instead.”
Here is ESPN’s E:60 piece on Lee Murray: