UFC 169 took place Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Reports began surfacing shortly after the event that fights in the audience led to stabbings. Initially, Jeff Wagenheim of Sports Illustrated refuted the claims on Twitter:
Earlier reports of a stabbing at #UFC169 are being refuted by arena security, who say a man suffered a cut when he fell during a fight.— Jeff Wagenheim SI (@jeffwagenheim) February 2, 2014
However, the reports were later confirmed by NJ.com and the Newark Police department:
Two people were stabbed inside the Prudential Center during an Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Saturday night, police said.
The victims, who were not identified, suffered non-life threatening injuries after they were stabbed in the stands, according to Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.
A suspect was arrested in the attack, according to DeMaio, who did not identify the assailant or say when or where the incident took place. An e-mail to an arena spokesman seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated as more details come to light in this story.