Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MMA fighters arrested for beating Manhattan nightclub bouncer: Report

Two top mixed-martial-arts fighters — part of the famed Gracie clan — were busted for helping to beat a bouncer outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub early Monday, law-enforcement sources told the N.Y. Post.

Renzo Gracie and his cousin Igor were arrested along with five other people for the 1:30 a.m. beat-down of Craig Molesphini outside 1 OAK in the Meatpacking District, sources said.

The victim suffered a fractured right arm along with bruises and cuts, sources said.

“I’m OK,” Molesphini said later Monday. “I have a slightly fractured elbow.’’

The brawling cousins — whose Brazilian family started the sports-promoting business Ultimate Fighting Championship — were charged with gang assault, as were the other suspects. The charge for Renzo and Igor Gracie is in the second degree, according to Fox Sports.

The pair was released on $10,000 bail.

Two years ago, Renzo pummelled a would-be mugger in the same neighborhood and did a play-by-play tweet while he beat up the thug.

“People who train this kind of stuff have no business getting into street fights — it’s completely unfair,’’ said a disgusted law-enforcement source. “These guys really should have known better.”

The 47-year-old Renzo, who lives in New Jersey, has a gym in Midtown where he trains top UFC fighters. A son of Robson Gracie, his last official MMA bout was in 2010.

Igor, 34, is the son of Rolls Gracie and brother of Gregor Gracie. He has a training gym in New Rochelle.

The group was busted in front of the popular club, where stars such as Jay Z, Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz hang out.

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