Erberth Santos has been at the center of controversy over the weekend thanks to his BJJ Stars match with Felipe going awry.
Felipe Pena and Erberth Santos faced each other in the final match of the evening. Pena pulled guard and then swept Santos who then appeared to injure his knee. Santos then sat on the side of the mat and was seen arguing with some of Pena’s teammates. As they restarted the match with Santos on bottom, Santos kept arguing with someone in the crowd. This is when Santos ran towards Pena’s team and ‘did a Khabib’ and instigated massive brawl.
Santos released a statement on instagram where he explained his reasons for reaction like that. He alleged that he was provoked during the whole event:
(Translated from Portuguese)
Today I came to talk a little of what really happened this last Sunday. As soon as I arrived at the event, I started the offenses, I left and I continued entering the gym, I arrived with my students, we talked and then went down the stands to be next to my teacher (Guigo), we were watching the fights right there . We both went up in the food court to take pictures with the fans, to talk to the crowd, the moment I was taking a picture with the guys I got a punch from behind the rib, it was too full I could not see who it was. I went down to the fighting area to concentrate, but every time I passed members of other teams offending me and making gestures towards me, this was happening until the beginning of the fight.
We started the fight, and after a few minutes I injured myself and asked to stop the fight to see what had happened, called the doctors, until then blz … At that very moment they started calling me “monkey”; “offended”, “marginal”, very prejudiced offenses, the offenses not only remained with me, they cursed my mother who was not even in that moment until my teacher was offended, after that I ran up to the boy who was cursing everyone, when I got close to him, he apologized and I stopped, I was good, out of nowhere an opponent team face punched me in the face and ran out, behind him on the mat, falls on the other side, all my opponent’s students hit me with punches and tiptoes, until my OPPONENT came down from the mat to kick me, he hit a kick in my face and one in my belly, after that my team pulled me out.
I know my attitude was totally wrong, but in the heat of the moment, I could not resist. At that moment a person I do not even know was cursing people that I LOVE on my side, it was not through the internet or social networks, it all happened less than a meter and a half, no one would take it. This text was just a preview of my statement, I’m going to make a video talking about everything that happened, how I felt at that moment and how I am today.
Part 1 of brawl:
Felipe Pena reacted to the outcome as well condemning Santos’ actions:
It’s a shame what happened, despite the victory I’m sad with today. I got ready and I dedicated a lot to give a show for you and unfortunately ended unexpectedly! Sad, SPORT IS NOT THAT 👎🏼
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