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UFC vet Ian Freeman avoids jail time for tax evasion

Ian "The Machine" Freeman on Tuesday admitted to tax fraud and was spared of any jail time, Hartlepool Mail reports.

Freeman was sentenced to nine months in jail with a year suspended. However, he did receive a fine and 120 hours of community service.

Freeman failed to report his earnings from his fight career and provided false information for a mortage application from January 2003 to July 2006.

Freeman is the final Cage Rage British light-heavyweight champion and a six-time UFC competitor. Freeman went 3-2-1 in the Octagon, which includes a TKO win over current UFC interim champion Frank Mir.