It was around 11:15pm when New York City Sheriff’s deputies walked into a Coaster Street warehouse and discovered what could be described as a combat disco.
Over 200 people were gathered at the event, known as “Rumble in the Bronx,” drinking, smoking, dancing and, of course, fighting.
It was a fight club of epic proportions. But, the organizer of the event, Mike Roman (aka Killa Mike) broke the very first rule of fight club: you don’t talk about fight club! And he broke the shit out of it. Not only was this event promoted on Facebook. But they had their own Instagram account set up, to promote their maskless, unlicensed cage fights to as many attendees as they possibly could.
On November 11th they posted a promotional image that said simply: RUMBLE IN BROOKLYN.
“THIS SATURDAY ! Secret LOCATION … super super low key ! PLz follow rules or be left outside ! 11/14” the attached text read.
Well, apparently the police saw that and decided to check it out for themselves. And what they discovered was anything but “super super lowkey.”
"Patrons were also observed drinking alcohol, smoking, hookah, and not wearing face coverings while failing to social distance," the sheriff's office said in a statement, according to NBC New York. There was also a “significant amount of marijuana” discovered according to the report.
11/14/20 @ 2315HRS: Deputy Sheriffs shut down illegal fight club AKA "Rumble in the Bronx" @ 347/351 Coster St., Bronx: 203+ people, violation of emergency orders, illegal combat, no liquor license, warehousing liquor, loaded firearms, 10 organizers charged with multiple crimes. pic.twitter.com/5Dci1tM30L
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) November 15, 2020
So needless to say, it wasn’t a very COVID-safe environment. Much like the rest of the country, New York is currently banning gatherings of more than 10 people; and bars and restaurants are required to be closed by 10pm. Hosting 200 maskless people in a warehouse, late into the evening for an unlicensed fight club, to smoke hookah and weed and drink together definitely breaks NYC’s pandemic guidelines.
But it does sound like fun. And from the videos, it looks like it was.
What really got Killa Mike’s goat, though, wasn’t the risk of hosting a COVID-super-spreader event. It was the fact that when police raided this fight club, the officers also discovered two handguns among those in attendance. When Mike learned about those firearms, he got real mad — and took to Instagram live to lay it on the world.
Now, the reason Killa Mike is so upset that guns were found at the Rumble in the Bronx event, is because apparently the #1 rule of this fight club has nothing to do with not talking about it (obviously) the #1 rule of Rumble in the Bronx is “guns down, gloves up.”
It’s right in their Instagram description, after all: “RUMBLE IN THE BRONX IS AN UNDERGROUND FIGHT CLUB TO SHOW AND PROVE A MESSAGE WE CAN ALL RELATE TOO. RESPECTFULLY GUNS DOWN GLOVES UP.”
According to many of the posts on that Instagram of theirs, Rumble in the Bronx is a staunchly anti-gun violence group that uses their platform to educate the youth about the dangers of gun violence, and which hosts anti-gun violence rallies like the ones shown in the video below.
So, it’s no wonder Killa Mike had such beef with the idea of guns being brought to his fight club. What kind of monster would bring deadly weapons to a sacred place for community combat?
Fortunately, no one was shot at the Rumble in the Bronx event that the police busted. However, we’re still not sure how many people may have contracted COVID there.
And for that matter, there’s no knowing what kinds of criminal charges (if any) have been leveled against Killa Mike, or anyone else from the event. We reached out to him to see if he’d be interested in telling his side of the story, but did not get a response.