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How a former UFC fighter pulled off the biggest heist in UK

LockerRoom Team
08 March 2023

Lee Murray only made one UFC appearance in 2004, but he will always be remembered for his heroics outside the octagon.

Catching Lightning, a brand-new four-part documentary that premieres on Showtime on April 7, will tell the amazing tale of how Murray went from being a highly regarded MMA fighter to pulling off the biggest robbery in British history.

The two-time Emmy winner Pat Kondelis's documentary will attempt to go into Murray's past, which included a memorable encounter with Tito Ortiz after UFC 38 in 2002, during which the tough-talking Britishman allegedly knocked out the former light heavyweight champion in a street brawl.

Murray made his octagon debut two years later. He entered the cage while wearing a jail uniform and a mask over his face.

Murray would go on to submit Jorge Rivera in the first round, but legal problems made it impossible for him to enter the country ever again. He only engaged in combat once again, losing to future UFC champion Anderson Silva by decision.

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Not until a few years later, when Murray assisted in planning the biggest cash robbery in British history after raiding the Securitas facility in Tonbridge, England, did his name return to the news. The burglars made off with a haul of just over $92 million — and the gang responsible for the robbery left more than twice that behind because they ran out of room to move the cash.

The UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, who watched the street fight with Ortiz, as well as Silva, who is still Murray's last MMA opponent, will both be featured in the documentary.

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On April 7, Paramount+ will begin streaming the four-part documentary. What do you think of the story? Let us know in the comments below.


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