Video: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fighter Erberth Santos Banned After Igniting Brawl

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2019

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Erberth Santos has been kicked out of BJJ Stars after entering the stands and fighting a heckler in a melee that marred his fight against Felipe "Preguica" Pena on Saturday.

BJJ Stars promoter Fernando Lopes told Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting that Santos has been banned for life.

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FIGHT AT THE END OF BJJ STARS In the main bout of BJJ Stars @bjjstarsoficial, between Felipe Preguiça and Erberth Santos, a lot of confusion, unfortunately. #bjj #brawln #fight https://t.co/Pi9pjkXkxC

"He was provoked by someone in the crowd, who was cheering for Felipe or against him," Lopes said. "I'm a black belt for 21 years and an athlete has to be a black belt on and off the mat to deserve a black belt in my team. I wouldn't give a blue belt to an irresponsible man who fights in the street.

"The event was great, getting a lot of praise, and it's a shame that one person's attitude can tarnish the entire work of many people in the end. I know how hard my partners and I worked, I left many things aside to put my passion in first place, and that can't tarnish all the work we've done."

Felipe Pena was awarded the victory once the melee settled.