MMA fighter Joe Schilling is getting sued for $30,000 after knocking out a bar patron. The lawsuit was first filed on July 1, following the incident from June 27.
Justin Balboa, 31, filed legal against Schilling after a violent altercation at a bar in Fort Lauderdale left him with multiple injuries, including a busted lip.
As shown in the video, Schilling unintentionally bumps into a wobbling and intoxicated Balboa. The two briefly exchange words before a frenzied Schilling strikes Balboa with a clear shot to the face, knocking out the patron.
The footage was captured by Schilling’s group, which Balboa claimed was part of a pre-meditated attack from the MMA fighter.
While the video displays an eagerness from Schilling to cut the bar patron off for the night, Balboa’s criminal record detailed a past incident, also at a bar, that led to a previous altercation involving the plastered plaintiff.
Balboa’s legal team added in the lawsuit that Schilling’s MMA training put their client at great risk of injury. They described Schilling as “uniquely skilled and trained to be brutally efficient and abnormally dangerous with his bare hands.”
Schilling went on Instagram to share what happened during the scene, also accusing Balboa of pestering his group and accused of shouting slurs during his drunken epithets. Schilling also received a message from a supposed ex of Balboa’s, with a troubling account of the man’s past.
Also spotted in police footage following the incident, Balboa spent two minutes with authorities slurring through his side of the story, with blood spotted on his shirt and a questionable accent.
Joey Balboa’s recent lesson learned as that guy at a bar should be an inspiration to stick with being a lightweight on the barstool over one on the canvas.