“Hany Sbat, 23, broke the nose and cheekbone of one guard with his elbow as he tried to flee the South Bank casino after being refused entry to the gaming floor. Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that Sbat, who earlier booked a room at the Crown Metropol Hotel, turned hostile towards several guards and repeatedly “encroached on their personal space in an aggressive and antagonistic manner”.
The prosecutor told the court numerous other guards attended and tried to escort Sbat away, but he responded by pushing at some and punching one to the face with a closed fist. Sergeant Adams said guards then tried to restrain Sbat as he ran to a nearby exit and when one attempted to intercept him, Sbat raised his elbow and struck him in the face.
Guards then took hold of Sbat and restrained him but he continued to react violently until his hands were secured and he was led to a holding area. Barrister Tom Sawyer, for Sbat, of Greenacre, NSW, argued before magistrate John Doherty that the injury to the guard who sustained the facial breaks was not so serious to support a charge of recklessly causing serious injury. Lets go back and look at the history of Mixed Martial Arts and how it all began. Art Davie proposed to John Milius and Rorion Gracie an eight-man single-elimination tournament called “War of the Worlds”.
The tournament was inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracie family of Brazil which featured Gracie jiu-jitsu students defeating martial-arts masters of various disciplines such as karate, kung fu, and kickboxing. The tournament would also feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the best martial art and would aim to replicate the excitement of the matches Davie saw on the videos.
Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to act as the event’s creative director. Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.