FD fighter faces felonies

A Fort Dodge cage fighter is facing felony charges after he allegedly fractured a mans skull and stole his wallet.

Kyle M. Mericle, 20, is charged with first-degree robbery, a class B felony, and first-degree theft, a class C felony.

Mericle allegedly punched Steven Hardisty, 23 in his head, causing a cut on his lip, fracturing his skull and knocking him unconscious on Aug. 15, according to charging documents.

He then allegedly took the mans wallet from his pants while the man was unconscious.

Mericle was allegedly not provoked, charging documents say.

Police responded at about 4:30 p.m. that day. Hardisty was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries.

While Hardisty was being examined at Trinity, the attending physcian found his injuries to be more severe than first thought. As a result, Hardisty was then taken to a Des Moines area hospital for additional treatment.

Hardisty is in stable condition and his injuries do not appear to be life threatening, according to a press release.

According to mixedmartialarts.com, Mericle has a 4-2-0 record.

According to the site, which tracks mixed martial arts fights across the country, Mericle has officially fought since April 2013. Since then, he has fought seven times officially.

His last fight was May of this year.

Mericle said in court that he earns $1,000 per fight.

Mericle, who appeared in Webster County Magistrate Court on Thursday, is being held on a $35,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 29.