During the infamous Strikeforce brawl in Nashville where Nick Diaz et. al jumped Jason “Mayhem” Miller inside the cage, Gus Johnson said the line that has, for better or worst,  became part of mixed martial arts lexicon: “Sometimes these things happen in MMA.”

In this edition of “Sometimes these things happen in MMA,” we are going to take a look back at the fight between Renzo Gracie and Eugenio Tadeu from Pentagon Combat.

This was a highly-anticipated matchup between not only Gracie and Eugenio, but also Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Luta Livre. A stadium full of fans cheered wildly as the two warriors went to combat. It was a very good back-and-forth match that saw both fighters having their moments of dominance. However, during the fight, the fans made their way closer and closer to the cage. Before you knew it, the cornermen for both fighters found themselves fighting for space cageside with the rabid fans in attendance.

Then out of nowhere, all hell broke loose.

If I were to tell you a riot broke out at a soccer game, you would not be surprised whatsoever. But could you ever imagine a riot breaking out during an MMA fight? Even after watching the video above a half dozen times, I still could not tell you what started the brawl. Maybe it was alcohol fueled, or perhaps too many soccer fans were in attendance. Or maybe people in Brazil are as divided about BJJ and Luta Livre as we are about politics in America. Whatever the case, this fight became the only fight I have ever found that was ruled a no-contest because the fans rioted.

But, you know, sometimes these things happen in MMA.

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Jason Lundgren

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