Renzo Gracie, along with five others (including his cousin Igor), accepted a plea deal yesterday for taking part in an scuffle outside a New York nightclub last May.
According to the NY Post, the Gracies and company will avoid jail time, but they were each sentenced to community service.
Renzo and Igor Gracie, Leonardo Leite, Rafael Barbosa and Carvalho Da Costa all copped to misdemeanor assault in exchange for 10 to 15 days. Leonardo DaCosta and Gregor Rangel, who fights under the name Gregor Gracie, both pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for 1 to 3 days of community service.
The seven were arrested in the early morning hours of May 17, outside nightclub 10ak in the Meatpacking District. The fracas is said to involve a bouncer who worked for the club.
Renzo Gracie enjoyed a distinguished career as an MMA fighter and instructor dating back to the 1990’s. Current UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman is taught by two of his black belts, and the Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan is one of the country’s top facilities.
His cousin, Igor Gracie, accumulated a pro MMA career of 5-4 from 2008 to 2013. He owns a martial arts academy in New Rochelle, New York.
Gregor Rangel is a decorated jiu-jitsu competitor who earned a 7-4 MMA record from 2007 to 2013, including stops in ONE and Bellator. Rangel is Igor’s half brother, and grew up with the family; jiu-jitsu website BJJ Heroes describes him as a “Gracie by affinity” in their profile.
Leonardo Leite, a former member of the Brazilian national judo team, is also a professional MMA fighter who has earned a 5-0 record.
Gracie has maintained his innocence on his Twitter account:
— Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) March 6, 2015