It appears that someone must have broken the first rule.
An unlicensed “fight club” attended by roughly 200 people in New York City was raided and broken up by police on Saturday night. The event reportedly took place in the Bronx and was called “Rumble in the Bronx,” after the classic Jackie Chan film of the same title.
According to NBC News, New York City police entered a warehouse on Coster Street at around 11:15 p.m. to find a crowd of fighters and spectators.
“Patrons were also observed drinking alcohol, smoking, hookah, and not wearing face coverings while failing to social distance,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement, according to NBC New York.
In a tweet announcing the bust, the NYC Sheriff said that loaded firearms were discovered and 10 organizers were charged with multiple crimes. They also found, “A significant amount of marijuana.”
It is believed that the event was initially reported for flouting social distancing guidelines, but police realized they were dealing with something more serious once they got inside.
11/14/20 @ 2315HRS: Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal fight club AKA "Rumble in the Bronx" @ 347/351 Coster St., Bronx: 203+ people, violation of emergency orders, illegal combat, no liquor license, warehousing liquor, loaded firearms, 10 organizers charged with multiple crimes. pic.twitter.com/5Dci1tM30L
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) November 15, 2020
Michael Roman, CEO of Rumble in the Bronx, is facing eight charges, including unlawful assembly and conducting a prohibited combat sport.
New York City is known for its wild nightlife, but fight clubs have been growing in popularity, especially during the pandemic. In fact, Roman’s fight club is not limited to New York, it travels from city to city. Their next event was expected to be in Orlando, but that may be canceled now that Roman is facing charges.
Videos on the group’s Instagram account show fights being staged in bodegas, in the streets, and inside cages. The Instagram page has now been taken down.
Officials at McGill University in Montreal recently discovered that there was a fight club being regularly hosted on campus, but it is believed that this was an independent club, with no affiliation to Roman’s organization.