One of the pioneers of mixed martial arts shouldn't be a punch line for bloggers and fans but that's where Kimo Leopoldo finds himself after getting pinched by Tustin police for impersonating an officer and having meth in his possession. According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, he was charged with felony methamphetamine possession and felony possession of police property:
The German-born Ultimate Fighting Championship contender was also wearing thong sandals and playing with a yo-yo, police said. "The cotton jumpsuit was designed for officers to wear in the event of major disaster response, such as a massive earthquake," said Sgt. Dina Zapalski, an LBPD spokeswoman.
Kimo and his camp say it was all a set-up and the truth will come out when he gets day in court in early April.
TMZ posted the 2009 mugshot of Kimo and compared it to a 2007 mugshot, suggesting that there was a drastic difference in the way he looked. It more than a strong hint that Kimo looked like a meth addict. Cage Writer caught up Kimo and outside of a bum leg, he looked healthy. Kimo said he's fine, the run-in with the police is just another chapter in his life:
"It was actually a blessing to me," Kimo told Cage Writer. "Everything in my life that happened seemed to be negative at the time. (Things have) turned around and have become above and beyond positive."
Watch Cage Writer with Kimo at last week's Fight Expo: