Brazilian fighter Antonio Braga Neto was arrested Sunday night following a brawl in a bar in Manaus, Brazil.
The jiu-jitsu expert, who holds a 1-1 record under the UFC banner, allegedly urinated inside of Manaus’ Copacabana bar, in front of other costumers, and engaged in a fight with 10 security guards, according to the police report posted by Portal do Holanda. He was charged with assault and urinating in public.
Braga Neto was sent to a local police station, and officers told MMAFighting.com on Monday the UFC fighter was released hours later.
The UFC fighter didn’t confirm or deny he actually urinated inside the bar, but claims the security attacked him out of nowhere.
"I was drunk, I can’t say for sure if I did that or not," Neto told MMAFighting.com. "I don’t remember exactly what happened. What I recall is that five guys grabbed me from behind and threw me outside the club. If I really (urinated), that’s not a reason to get beat up like that.
"I went there to have fun and try to meet a girl, and I still don’t know what happened," he continued. "I can’t remember why they tossed me outside the club. It was horrible. They beat me up."
According to Neto, he already spoke with his lawyer and plans on suing the bar and the security that beat him up.
"I hope that won’t damage my career," he said. "I never thought I’d be through a situation like this in my life."
The middleweight fighter, who holds a professional record of nine wins and two losses, impressed in his Octagon debut by tapping Anthony Smith in under two minutes in 2013, but then lost to Clint Hester via decision a year later. The BJJ black belt was scheduled to face Zak Cummings in July, but was forced out of the UFC on FOX 16 card with an injury.