Jake Heun is remembered by most MMA fans for tapping out to Adam Cella in his only bout on season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Since then, his career has led him to the World Series of Fighting and the PFL. Now, he’s going to spend almost a decade behind bars.
According to MMA Junkie, the 34-year-old fighter plead guilty to importing methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking. He was arrested in September of 2020 after one of his packages started leaking aboard an aircraft. Law enforcement was tipped off, and they made the arrest.
A search of Heun’s phone revealed further evidence against him. He was sentenced to seven years, nine months in an Australian prison. After four years and nine months, he’ll be eligible for parole. He has already served more than a year of the sentence.
Jake admitted to the court that illegal drug shipments were being filtered through his home. He said he believed the shipments were performance-enhancing drugs. Heun says he didn’t realize he was involved in the trafficking of street drugs.
This likely ends the professional fighting career of Jake Heun. His record currently stands at 15-9. He hasn’t fought since 2019, when he compiled an impressive 4-1 record. His final fight resulted in a round one knockout of Satoshi Ishii.
Heun returned to TUF for season 19, but once again lost to a first-round armbar. While he didn’t quite have the skills to compete in UFC, his record is nothing to sneeze at. Jake Heun is another example of stupid decisions bringing a fighter’s career to a premature end.
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