‘MMA Fighter’ Who Choked Fan at NFL Game Sentenced to Prison for Home Invasion

By Jordan Breen Jan 8, 2013
From AnnArbor.com:

A man made famous by local radio hosts after he subdued an unruly fan at a Lions game in 2009 will serve between three-and-a-half and 15 years in prison.

Richard Bastuba, 41, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit second-degree home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000 late last year, according to Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz sentenced Bastuba, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter known as “Righteous Rick,” to prison on Thursday, officials said.

According to deputies, Bastuba was involved in a home invasion reported to the sheriff’s office in September 2011. The man told deputies his house had been broken into several times during the previous months, with valuable comic books being stolen.

A quick reminder that whenever we have “average Joe heroes” and “man on the street”-type saviors, we always hear about what “regular” people they are, regardless of if their story is MMA-tinged. Well, a “regular” person with MMA training doesn’t choke someone out -- even a deserving douchebag -- at a pro sports event in front of tens of thousands of people. We can’t be surprised when there is a less-desirable sequel to their proverbial 15 minutes.

Also, can we get a media moratorium on when to call someone an “MMA fighter?” I say at least six pro fights unless they at least fought on a local Bellator undercard. Otherwise, I demand every deviant on a YMCA hoops team be called “basketball player” when his deeds are uncovered.


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