MMA Fighter Alexis Vila Arrested on 2nd-Degree Murder Charge

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

In this picture taken on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, a young Israeli young boxer jumps rope ahead of the Israel's National Youth Boxing Championship at a boxing club in the southern Israeli town of Sderot. Boxing provides a unique chance for young Arab and Jewish competitors to meet in the ring as equals, equipped with helmets and gloves and playing under the same set of rules. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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MMA fighter Alexis Vila was arrested on April 17 and charged with second-degree murder involving a conspiracy and weapon, according to 

Vila, 47, is currently being held without bond at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. He has a pending hold for immigration. Vila is a Cuba native, who defected to the United States in 1997."

Vila was arrested in 2004 after crashing his Lincoln Navigator into a Fort Lauderdale airport terminal. He served three years in prison for the infraction.

He won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling for Cuba in 1996 and served as an assistant coach for Michigan State's wrestling team from 2000-03. During his MMA career, he fought in Bellator, the World Series of Fighting and Titan FC. He compiled a 15-7 record.

He last fought in 2016, defeating Jorge Calvo at Titan FC 40.

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