Yesterday (May 23, 2014) , Gracie Jiu Jitsu legend and UFC welterweight fighter, Renzo Gracie showed up to criminal court to address his assault charges from the night club brawl that occurred at 1OAK in Manhattan.
While Gracie is still maintaining that the entire incident is just “a misunderstanding,” prosecutors are adamant that this was a carefully planned attack on the bouncer (and other coworkers) from 1OAK so that Gracie could lay out some street justice.
As of right now, the case has been adjourned until July so that the prosecution can accurately assess the full scope of injuries to the victim and exactly who may have been involved.
According to NY Daily News:
“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.”
Renzo Gracie is also no stranger to planning out attacks outside of an MMA setting, according to his own Twitter. Back in 2012, Gracie himself gave a detailed play-by-play of what he asserted was an attempted robbery on his Twitter account. He describes catching one of the alleged robbers off guard, choke him out more than once, kicking his ribs, and punching him in the face while he was unconscious. Prior self-written evidence like that is certain to make his case a little hairier, but we will have to wait until July to see what charges, if any, may be dropped or added to this bizarre, random assault case.