Glory 42, the kickboxing league’s Saturday event (June 10), had a crazy turn of events in Paris, when fans attacked one of the fighters in the ring.
During the co-main event, welterweight fighter Murthel Groenhart viciously knocked out Harut Grigorian, when he landed a vicious right hook after Grigorian inexplicably turned his back and began to walk away in the middle of the round.
Out cold, the referee called the fight while Groenhart celebrated in his corner. But, out of nowhere, fans jumped into the ring and attacked him in the corner as he tried to cover up.
One fan landed a flush punch to the kickboxer’s face, who said after the melee that he may have suffered a broken jaw.
“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.”
It’s unclear why Grigorian turned his back, because the referee did not stop the action, so Groenhart’s punch and knockout was legal.
“When you are in the heat of the game, you just continue,” Groenhart explained. “He turned away. I came after him and got him with the right hook that’s all. I did nothing wrong. It was all in the fight, all in the game. Everyone says in the rules to protect yourself at all times. The referee did not come in. I came in with the right hook. He fell down, and then I saw the referee come in. I did nothing wrong.”