UFC Lightweight Desmond Green Arrested for DUI Manslaughter, 19 Other Charges

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It appears the mixed martial arts career of UFC lightweight Desmond Green is over, as he is facing 20 charges and has been arrested for a five-car accident that took the lives of two women.

The Sun Sentinel originally reported the charges levied onto Desmond Green. The list of charges are as follows:

  • Two second-degree felony counts of DUI manslaughter
  • Four third-degree felony counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury
  • Third-degree felony possession of cocaine
  • Five misdemeanor counts of DUI property damage
  • Third-degree felony driving with a suspended license

The incident occurred in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on Interstate-75 back on August 18 of last year. At around 6 a.m., Green swerved into the path of a tractor-trailer, and caused a five-car pile-up. Emelina Morfa and Emma Suarez Hernandez lost their lives in the crash. They were 67 and 76 respectively. Two more women were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Green suffered only minor injuries.

At the time of the accident, Green was slurring his speech and it was later confirmed that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, testing positive for a blood-alcohol level of 0.14. On top of that, a metal grinder with marijuana residue (that Green tried to discard) and a plastic bag containing cocaine were found belonging to Green. He was also driving on a suspended license and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Desmond Green has fought three times for the UFC since the August 18 accident, losing to Mairbek Taisumov, then knocking out Ross Pearson and defeating the debuting Charles Jourdain. The Jourdain fight took place in Green’s hometown of Rochester, New York, on May 18. “Predator” is 23-8 overall in his career and was a former Titan FC featherweight champion. His career as a mixed martial artist is all but over.


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