Renzo, Igor, and Gregor Gracie Arrested for Alleged Gang Assault in New York City

May 20, 2014
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Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie, along with four other men, were arrested early Monday morning outside of a Manhattan nightclub, after allegedly beating up a bouncer from the club.

The Gracies and the other men were arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET outside the 1 OAK nightclub, according to The New York Daily News. The bouncer, identified as Craig Molesphini, reportedly suffered a broken arm during the fracas.

The seven men involved in the altercation – including Renzo, Igor and Gregor Gracie – were charged with gang assault. They were arraigned Monday evening. Each was held on a $10,000 bond.

According to Fox Sports, the charge was reduced from felony gang assault to a misdemeanor assault charge, which carries a possible one-year sentence compared to a possible 15 years had the charge remained as a felony gang assault.

(Check out this eyewitness video footage from the scene.)

Renzo Gracie posted bail and was released Tuesday morning, according to, whom he told via text message, “Everything is a misunderstanding. We always had a great relationship with that amazing club and all their employees. Soon everything will be clear.”

Renzo Gracie is one of the most famed members of the Gracie clan, having amassed an MMA record of 13-7-1 with 1 no contest. The 47-year-old veteran hasn’t fought since UFC 112 in April of 2010.

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  • George Sperry

    A classy family for sure…
    Someone once said nothing good ever happens after Midnight.

    • Pat Garret

      My mom ,use to warn me before I went out with my friends. She would say, ” The only thing ,open after midnight is hospitals and legs!

      • Gary Fredericks

        That is awesome! Your mom rocks!

  • Joe

    It’s not necessarily the family, never heard of anything like this withRickson, Royce, or Rolyer. My bet is there will be hell to pay for this, behind closed doors of coarse. Helio and sons spent many years building their families reputation, I doubt they are going to allow some cousins (not sure of Igor and Gregor relationship) to destroy that by a seven on one fight.

    • Gary Fredericks

      7 on 1…It’s the only way they can win now.

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  • drkdisciple

    Was the Bouncer aware that he was taking part in the Gracie challenge?

  • james j

    The Gracies have not been relevant in 25 years.