Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight and longtime jiu-jitsu icon Renzo Gracie was in criminal court on Friday (May 23, 2014) to answer for assault charges stemming from a night club brawl earlier this month at 1OAK club in lower Manhattan.
Gracie insists it was all just a big "misunderstanding."
The prosecutors, however, disagree, and are contemplating felony assault charges, after Gracie and his crew allegedly used their expertise in mixed martial arts (MMA) to exact street justice on a bouncer (and related security personnel) for a previous snub.
NY Daily News has more:
Members of the group allegedly "began executing roundhouse kicks and other martial arts maneuvers against other individuals who were attempting to intervene and pull defendant Renzo Gracie" off of the bouncer, according to the criminal complaint.
See raw video of the scuffle here.
Gracie and Co. were charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault; however, prosecutors are "still investigating how seriously injured the victim is and who was involved in the melee." Naturally, the defense maintains there will be nothing to prosecute once all the facts are revealed.
The injured bouncer, hospitalized with a broken arm, has accused Gracie of a "carefully planned attack."
Gracie has a history of street fighting and even once live tweeted his beatdown of would-be thugs after they tried to rob him back in late 2012 (more on that here). While everyone is entitled to self-defense, he might not be able to pass this one off as "Hey, they had it coming."
Time will tell.