An MMA fighter, a priest and a police officer walk into an airport … well, not quite.
But an MMA fighter got into a brawl at the Spirit Airlines counter of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport late Tuesday, and it took two people and a priest to break up the fight, according to local media reports.
Atlanta’s Channel 2 and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the chaos at the airport began when Charles Haywood, 43, got into a fight with another patron after he was informed he was on a “no fly list.”
Witnesses told Channel 2 Haywood became infuriated and quickly turned violent. He eventually directed his rage to another customer, Ivan Williams, according to the Journal-Constitution.
Officer Jarius Daugherty told the newspaper Williams told police Haywood “struck him in the face several times in addition to kicking and choking him.”
“It took a priest and two ladies to get him away (from me),” Williams told Channel 2.
Daugherty added that police had a difficult time detaining the professional fighter, and one arresting officer suffered a minor hand injury in the process.
Haywood was arrested and charged with battery and booked shortly before midnight on Tuesday at the Clayton County Jail. He posted bond and was released Wednesday afternoon.
According to the local media reports, the fight was caught on camera and Haywood can be heard fuming: “Who wants some?”
Police and Spirit Airlines did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
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