Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight and longtime grappling guru, Renzo Gracie, believes his assault charge from last weekend's street fight (watch it) will soon be cleared up, since it was nothing more than a big "misunderstanding."
Unfortunately, the bouncer who was hospitalized with a broken arm, does not concur.
That's according to the statement 1 Oak doorman Craig Molesphini gave to NY Post, accusing Gracie and his cousins, Igor and Gregor, among others, of exacting a carefully-planned "retribution" for turning away a couple of members of the Gracie clan a week before.
"In my entire 14-year career, I have never seen anything like this. At 1:30 a.m. a gray van pulled up, parked in the middle of the street, seven men exited the vehicle and started creating mayhem, screaming, pointing, starting to pick fights with the security guards. One man, [who] I later learned was Renzo, came in my direction, threw the velvet rope on the floor, ran straight into my chest and knocked me back onto the concrete floor onto my elbow. He was on top of me for 20 seconds, trying to punch me, but I wrapped both my arms around his neck so he couldn't hit me, before somebody pulled him off. All of the seven men were fighting, doing MMA moves on the guards, some of whom were injured. When the police arrived, they tried to get away, but the cops parked in front of their van, which was waiting with a driver. Retribution for me not allowing two of their masters into the venue last week. This was a carefully planned and coordinated attack. The police arrested all seven of them."
Read a first-hand anonymous account of the melee here.
Gracie was released on $10,000 bond after being charged with misdemeanor assault (with intent to cause physical injury) and is due back in court this Friday (May 23, 2014). Unfortunately, live tweets and raccoon eyes are unlikely to be a part of the judicial proceedings.