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Mixed martial artist Charles ‘Felony’ Bennett continued his dismal career run on Friday evening, after the veteran lost his 17th successive fight in a bare knuckle MMA bout against Rob Emerson.
Bennett – who is known better for his antics out of the octagon rather than his performances in it – took on former UFC fighter Emerson on Jorge Masvidal's Gamebred FC fight card in Mississippi where his dreaded run continued.
The 41-year-old was put out of his misery early on, as he was brutally knocked out by his opponent inside the first round of their bout in another night to forget for the American.
Understandably a number of fans have now expressed their worry for not just Bennett’s career, but his personal welfare after he again found himself on the end of a knockout blow.
The veteran – who made his professional debut in 2019 – drew plenty of attention from his fans on Twitter with many calling for the 41-year-old to retire following yet another loss, as one tweeted: “How much more punishment can he take it’s very sad seeing him fight now”
Another also showed their sympathies for the fighter and his torrid run by commenting: “Firstly, that ref is way too far away for how clearly rocked Charles is, he took extra unnecessary shots. Also what do we gotta do to get him some help?”
Whilst a fellow supporter praised his work ethic, adding: “Gotta admire the guys resolve, he’s really following his dream”
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Bennett last ran out victorious over five years ago, after he defeated Minoru Kimura back in September 2016, before going on to lose 17 straight fights which reportedly leaves his professional fighting record at 30-41-2.
The 41-year-old’s nickname ‘felony’ seems quite apt after revealing to BleacherReport in 2011 that he was formerly a drug dealer before finding a professional career in mixed martial arts.
When asked what inspired him to get into the sport Bennett answered: “I was a drug-dealer. I had kids, so I stopped selling dope to see my kid grow up and took on fighting as a full-time job.”
As well as this, the fighter’s criminal past was also reported by SportBible, who in 2016 revealed that Bennett had been arrested 14 times in 14 years during his whirlwind life from crime to professional sport.
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