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St. Louis police responded to incident at Bellator fighter hotel, no arrests made

E. Casey Leydon, MMA Fighting

The St. Louis Police Department responded to an incident at the Bellator fighter hotel Wednesday, but that's essentially where the story ends from a law-enforcement standpoint.

Bellator's Will Brooks wrote on Twitter that fellow fighter Patricio Freire and his brother Patricky jumped him at the hotel Wednesday afternoon. Brooks called the brothers "cowards" and said they assaulted him while he was on the phone with his mother. Brooks also posted a picture of a bloody t-shirt, but later deleted the tweet.

Freire denied the accusations on Twitter, calling Brooks a "liar" and said that Brooks hit Patricky first. In response, Brooks said there was "video proof" of the incident.

St. Louis Police Department spokesperson Leah K. Freeman told MMA Fighting in a statement that officers did respond to the St. Louis City Center Hotel on Wednesday "for a caller reporting a prior assault." There, they spoke to a male subject, who told them there was an altercation between him and another male earlier in the day. The subject, though, did not wish to pursue anything further, according to Freeman.

"There were no injuries and no police report was requested," Freeman said in an e-mail.

Brooks is the Bellator lightweight champion and Patricio, whose nickname is "Pitbull," holds the promotion's featherweight belt. Patricky is also a Bellator fighter. The men are in St. Louis for Bellator 145, which takes place Friday night. In the main event, Patricio Freire faces Daniel Straus and in the co-headliner Brooks meets Marcin Held.

"We are looking into the situation and gathering surveillance footage at this time," Bellator said in a statement. "We have no further comment at this time."

No action will be taken by the Missouri Office of Athletics, the regulatory body for the event, per spokesperson Chris Cline. Cline told MMA Fighting that that the incident was "outside the regulation" of the commission.

Brooks tweeted later Wednesday his desire to "move forward."

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