The shit hit the fan earlier today (Sat., June 10, 2017) at Glory 42 from inside the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, after two fans jumped in the ring and attacked a fighter.
In the co-main event of the evening, welterweight Murthel Groenhart put an end to Harut Grigorian in the second round after Grigorian inexplicably turned his back and started to walk away. Groenhart hit him with a nasty right hook that sent Grigorian to the canvas for the finish.
As Groenhart started to celebrate on the ropes, two fans jumped inside of the ring, rushed the welterweight, and proceeded to maul him with hard strikes. The footage can be seen above.
“Some guy caught me with a hook to my face,” Groenhart said on the broadcast. “I got my guard up. With those hands without gloves, it came through to my chin and my teeth. I think it’s broken [jaw], I don’t know. It hurts.”
Glory announcer Todd Grishman offered a second view of the unexpected melee.
One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen at a fight. pic.twitter.com/ijAdtuF1NL
— Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) June 10, 2017
Based on the footage, the insane fans probably know how to fight. The first guy jumped into Groenhart while he was standing in the corner and leveled him with a blistering right hook. After that, the two men proceeded to jump Groenhart before his corner and Glory officials broke it up.
“I was in the corner and I saw these guys coming out,” Groenhart said of the attackers. “I was like come on guys this is a sport. Things happen. Some people get emotional, too close. But this is a sport and little children are watching this sport at home. You can not come into a ring like this.”
This is not a good look for Glory. Revamped security measures should be taken in the future so fighters feel comfortable finishing an opponent in front of a hostile crowd.