MMA fighter Keith Jardine nabs thief after high-speed chase

Keith Jardine aided in the arrest of a man who stole his mail Thursday. (UFC)

Keith Jardine aided in the arrest of a man who stole his mail Thursday. (UFC)

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, Last Updated: 5:57 PM ET

A thief got more than he bargained for when he tried to pilfer mail from an MMA fighter.

Former UFC light heavyweight Keith Jardine, 38, aided in the apprehension of Richard Davenport, 41, Thursday in Albuquerque after a high-speed chase that began at the professional scrapper’s home, according to KRQE News 13.

“I look out the window and I see a car pulling up,” Jardine said. “Some guy gets out, goes to my mailbox and grabs all my mail, throws it in his car and speeds off.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound fighter immediately grabbed his car keys and gave chase.

“I drive up right next to him and I point at him and he speeds off,” Jardine said. “Then I speed past him and I slammed my (Ford) Bronco right in front of him and I cut him off.”

Jardine approached the thief and got into a fighting stance.

“I reached back like I was going to hit him and right then he yielded to everything,” Jardine said. “I pulled him out of the car.”

At first the thief played dumb, according to Jardine, telling the fighter he was picking up the mail for a friend.

When police arrived, however, Jardine said they found mail from other houses in the back seat.

Jardine, nicknamed the Dean of Mean, offered a warning to any current or would-be thieves.

“The most cowardly thing you can do is steal from somebody,” he said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the case.


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