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JANESVILLE The nickname "Heavy Hitter" might stick for a while.
But after four consecutive losses and a fight with five police officers and a dog, James "The Unbreakable Heavy Hitter" Warfield might need to drop "Unbreakable" from his moniker.
Warfield, 34, is a mixed martial artist with a 22-11 career fighting record at events around the Midwest, according to his profile on the Mixed Martial Arts news website Sherdog.com.
Warfield, who lost his last four fights, is scheduled to fight June 30 in Coral Gables, Fla., according to the website.
As of Tuesday night, Warfield was in custody at the Rock County Jail on a $5,500 cash bond. He was charged Monday with battery of a peace officer, resisting, harassment of a police animal and criminal damage to property.
Warfield was arrested early Saturday after a fight outside McDonald's, 1622 Milton Ave., Janesville.
Police were called to the restaurant after a manager reported Warfield had thrown a large rock through a window, according to police reports. Almost immediately after police arrived, Warfield punched one officer in the face, causing him to fall so hard his head bounced off the pavement, according to witnesses.
As police tried to arrest Warfield, he continued punching and kicking. He pulled loose from the charge of one Taser and avoided three others, according to the criminal complaint.
Warfield maintained a boxing stance while officers used batons and pepper spray on him. He also fought off Hardy, one of Janesville Police Department's German shepherds. Warfield kicked and punched the dog in the face and body, according to the criminal complaint.
The fifth Taser shot, deployed by the fifth officer to arrive on the scene, dropped Warfield as he was walking against traffic on Milton Avenue.
One officer needed 11 stitches in his lip after Warfield punched him. Other officers had minor bruises and scrapes and did not need medical attention. Hardy also did not need medical attention, Dep. Chief John Olsen said.
On June 7, Warfield had been treated and released from St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, Janesville, after a traffic crash, Olsen said.
Earlier Friday, police responded to a Janesville bank when employees reported a suspicious person in the lobby. It was Warfield, who told police he was trying to get home to Madison. Police gave him bus tokens.
Most MMA sites list Warfield's hometown as Sun Prairie. On Monday, he told Rock County Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer that his current address is in Green Bay.
Warfield is scheduled to appear Friday in court for an adjourned initial appearance.