According to a May 21 report from MMA Junkie, MMA legend Renzo Gracie could be in a heap of trouble for allegedly assaulting a bouncer outside a ritzy Manhattan nightclub earlier this week. Gracie, 47, is due in court May 23 in New York City, to answer the extremely serious charge of assault in the third degree.
The retired Brazilian mixed martial artist, who fought for the UFC, Pride and other high-level MMA promotions over an 18-year span between 1992 and 2010, got into an intense altercation with 35-year-old bouncer Craig Molesphini early in the morning of May 19 at the 1 Oak Club in Manhattan. The old adage of "nothing good happens after midnight" certainly applies in this case, as the bouncer beatdown could have some very serious consequences for Gracie. The assault took place just after 1 a.m.
During the attack, Molesphini suffered a broken elbow, cuts, bruises and pain to his left knee. Additionally, his left shin was injured. Gracie says the arrest was just a misunderstanding, but his lawyers advised him to not make any further comment on the matter. Some eye witnesses have come out claiming that Gracie's posse used MMA moves such as roundhouse kicks during the attack.
It's not clear what provoked the incident, except for other eye witness reports that someone in Gracie's clan was denied entry into the club. Gracie apparently showed up with six other individuals, and went directly to the front of the line at the 1 Oak Club. Gracie was hoping to get himself and the rest of his party into the club. No official word has come out on which member of the Gracie crew was denied entry, or for what reason.
Also charged in the attack are UFC veteran Andre Gusmao, 37, Leonardo Leite, 29, and World Series of Fighting alum Igor Gracie, 34. Leonardo Dacosta, Gregor Rangel and Rafael Barbosa Carvalho Da Costa were also charged in the beating. The most bizarre part of the story is that someone in Gracie's crew apparently bashed the bouncer over the head with a construction cone.