“UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber II” just can’t seem to get any good publicity.
After setting a company record with 10 uneventful decisions on Saturday’s 12-bout fight card and watch the main event between bantamweight champion Renan Barao and Urijah Faber end in controversial fashion, which caused UFC president Dana White (pictured) to dub the show a “catastrophe,” NJ.com is reporting two fans were stabbed inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey that evening.
Newark police didn’t release the names of the victims, but identified them as two men from Pennsylvania.
They were treated at nearby University Hospital for non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the stands just before 8PM, roughly two hours before the main card aired live on pay-per-view.
According to the report, security officers recovered the knife used in the attack and arrested Angel Pereira, 36, of Lancaster, Pa. He was charged with several counts of aggravated assault and two weapons offenses.
Nothing this violent has ever happened at a live UFC event in the past. However, a vicious brawl that lasted several minutes did break out in the stands at UFC 129 in April 2011.
An MMA record audience of 55,724 crazed Canadians packed the Rogers Centre in Toronto that night.