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Report: Ex-UFC fighter Karlos Vemola sentenced to one year in jail for illegal cannabis farming

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC fighter Karlos Vemola has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for his role in a string of illegal cannabis farms within the United Kingdom, according to multiple reports.

Vemola, 30, is reportedly one of four individuals jailed for his involvement in the farms, which stretched across three properties in Hertsmere, England. Authorities were reported to find approximately £20,000 ($29,179) worth of cannabis, "as well as UV lighting, ducting and plastic sheeting during raids on the three properties," according to the International Business Times.

All four suspects pled guilty to one count of conspiring to produce cannabis. Vemola and his former partner, Sarah Sharp, 35, both received one-year sentences, while Sharp's parents, Linda Sharp, 70, and Terrance Byman, 72, both received shortened nine-month sentences.

Vemola (16-5) fought six times for the UFC from 2010 to 2013, debuting as a heavyweight and ultimately working his way down to middleweight. He compiled a 2-4 record during that time, knocking out Seth Petruzelli and submitting Mike Massenzio, but losing three of his final four fights.

A native of the Czech Republic, Vemola rebounded to win seven straight contests following his release from the UFC, finishing five of his opponents via submission. That run of success was snapped last August, when Vemola succumbed to a first-round armbar at the hands of Jack Hermansson.

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