An MMA event in Lake Worth, Florida ended with gunfire.
RIZE Fighting Championship: Battle of Warriors was held inside the Bamboo Room this past Saturday night, March 20. Things got testy with fans in attendance. NBC Miami reports that some in attendance weren’t happy with the officiating during a fight. One judge, John Rivera, was struck in the face by a woman with a chair.
TMZ Sports released footage of the brawl, which ended when one man fired a gun in the air. No one was shot during the incident.
RIZE promoter Armando Gonzalez issued the following statement on his Facebook page.
“We would like to thank all of our loyal fans and supporters for an amazing turnout Saturday evening. Our athletes put on incredible performances and an awesome display of sportsmanship. We had fighters travel from Texas, Tennessee, and Hawaii to show off their skills and entertain our Palm Beach fans. To the RIZE FC TEAM, you all did a spectacular job, we can’t THANK you enough! Unfortunately, our Saturday Night event came to an abrupt end due to unwelcomed and unacceptable behaviors of some of the attendants of the event. However, we will not let these unfortunate incidents disrupt our promise to entertain local fight fans. We have been fortunate to have one of the safest fight events in the area. We at RIZE are dedicated and will continually focus on safety for all in attendance at our future events.”