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July 10, 2014

Agency has no record of MMA license for Joseph Louf

SALEM — State regulators have no record that Joseph Louf, the mixed martial arts instructor charged with abusing his girlfriend for months, leaving her disfigured and on the verge of blindness, ever held any license from the State Athletic Commission, a spokesman for the agency said Thursday.

Louf, 37, is awaiting trial on charges that include attempted murder and mayhem. He is being held without bail.

During a pretrial hearing Thursday, prosecutor Kate MacDougall filed a request with the court for records of the State Athletic Commission, which regulates fighting in Massachusetts. She is seeking any information concerning licenses or license applications for both Louf and the alleged victim.

Louf, who before his arrest ran a Beverly studio called American Total Defense on Elliott Street, has contended that the woman sustained her injuries during mixed martial arts fighting.

The woman said Louf beat her repeatedly, eventually causing facial fractures and two detached retinas, before she left him. For months, the woman had told family and others she encountered that the injuries were the result of her participation in sparring.

She apparently did undergo a medical exam in anticipation of applying to become an MMA fighter but never submitted the form.

Terrell Harris, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said Thursday that the State Athletic Commission does not have a record of a license for Louf.

He added that the licenses for MMA fighting are a relatively recent requirement, within the past two years.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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