Greenwich MMA Fury cage fight night at IndigO2 stopped by brawling crowd

The Amazon Girls acted as 'ring girls' for the night

A picture of the action by Sammboi

A picture of the crowd by Alextecreed

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A night of cage fighting in Greenwich had to shut down early - after members of the crowd started brawling with each other.

Thousands of spectators had packed into the IndigO2 on Saturday (March 15) for MMA Fury - a seven-hour mixed martial arts event with a bill of top semi-pro and professional fighters from around the world.

News Shopper: A picture of the action by Sammboi

Tickets for the event - which had moved to the "bigger and sexier" Greenwich venue to boost seating and improve the production - had gone for £30.

But, with an hour still left to go on the bill, the event was halted at around 11pm after violence broke out in the stalls.

Fans and fighters alike reacted with anger to their fellow spectators' actions. Twitter user RoxiLloydxxx wrote:  "Stood there for 6hrs last night.. friend was on in 2fights and they shut it down! F*****g p****s ruin it for everyone."

Thai boxer Rob Hayward said: "Disgusting what happened at Fury MMA last night. Everyone's dedication and hard work ruined because of idiots in the f*****g crowd."

News Shopper: A picture of the crowd by Alextecreed

Event organiser Stephen Doran said the fight had been "small" and the venue management had decided to shut it down.

He said: "It's a bitter thing for the sport because any event, whether it's a music event or something else runs the risk with alcohol being served.

"As mixed martial arts we're under so much more scrutiny than other people.

"We've been running it for four years and this is the first time something like this has happened."

Mr Doran added that they would put measures in place to stop problems at future events and said disappointed spectators would be able to get refunds from their ticket providers.

A spokesman for AEG Live, which runs the venue, said: "In the interest of public safety the 'MMA Fury' event at IndigO2 was closed early. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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8:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

What a bunch of morons!
What a bunch of morons! white rabbit9
  • Score: 24

8:21pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Indigenous UK Pensioner. says...

I wood go 10 rownds with any one of them girls.


THAnk YOu
I wood go 10 rownds with any one of them girls. THAnk YOu Indigenous UK Pensioner.
  • Score: -39

1:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Big solution. Don't hold events such as this at all. You ask for what you get it would seem.
Big solution. Don't hold events such as this at all. You ask for what you get it would seem. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 7

5:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

tonylangridge says...

I heard that because too many fights were scheduled the event was not completed leaving several bouts unfought .this led to angry scenes and ultimately fights broke out.Can anyone who was there confirm this please?
I heard that because too many fights were scheduled the event was not completed leaving several bouts unfought .this led to angry scenes and ultimately fights broke out.Can anyone who was there confirm this please? tonylangridge
  • Score: 1

11:06am Sat 22 Mar 14

Elsybels says...

tonylangridge wrote:
I heard that because too many fights were scheduled the event was not completed leaving several bouts unfought .this led to angry scenes and ultimately fights broke out.Can anyone who was there confirm this please?
This is wrong
[quote][p][bold]tonylangridge[/bold] wrote: I heard that because too many fights were scheduled the event was not completed leaving several bouts unfought .this led to angry scenes and ultimately fights broke out.Can anyone who was there confirm this please?[/p][/quote]This is wrong Elsybels
  • Score: 1

11:07am Sat 22 Mar 14

Elsybels says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Big solution. Don't hold events such as this at all. You ask for what you get it would seem.
You also have fights at football matches and rugby matches. Does this mean the events should not be held just because of a few idiots
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Big solution. Don't hold events such as this at all. You ask for what you get it would seem.[/p][/quote]You also have fights at football matches and rugby matches. Does this mean the events should not be held just because of a few idiots Elsybels
  • Score: 1

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