RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — Mixed Martial Arts matches are violent, but the audience can get more violent, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Over the weekend, two Richland County men watching the full contact sport on Pay-Per-View got into a fight and one cut the other bad enough with a knife to send him to the hospital, spokesman Curtis Wilson said.
Deputies arrested the suspected slasher, Jason Sparks, 37, who was charged with aggravated assault.
The incident in the 200 block of Bennington Court started in good fun, Wilson said.
“Three individuals were watching MMA (mixed martial arts), at which point two men got into a play match,” Wilson said. “These individuals had been drinking prior to the incident.”
After the suspect lost the play match, his cousin tried to intervene to stop any further fighting.
“The suspect then accused his cousin of going against his own family, pulled out a pocket knife with which he then cut the victim in the upper body,” Wilson said.
While the suspect and his girlfriend were taking the bleeding victim to Providence Northeast hospital, the suspect assaulted the victim again “before passing out in the back seat,” he said.
When deputies arrived at the hospital, they arrested Sparks, Wilson said.