The trained MMA fighter who got into a bar fight with an Oklahoma Sooners football player said he was only defending himself as he raises funds to pay for his legal fees and medical costs.
Walker Brown was seen in the viral video attacking wide receiver and place-kick holder Spencer Jones in the brawl which nearly caused the football player to lose his eye.
The fight in the bathroom of Logies on the Corner, a bar near the Sooners’ football stadium, saw Brown, a junior at the school who is a trained wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter, land a number of punches on Jones.
Brown appeared with a bloody nose before the fight started in the video and he claims there was a scuffle before the footage started.
Brown’s brother Braden also become involved in the fracas which saw the men end up on the floor in headlocks.
The football star, a senior, had to undergo a four-hour operation to rebuild his left orbital socket following the bust-up, according to The Athletic.
Spencer Jones (left) was on the receiving end of a beat down at an Oklahoma bar by trained MMA fighter Walker Brown (right)
Brown (pictured) claims he was only defending himself and says there had been a bust-up before the video was taken
Brown has since set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical and legal expenses as a result of the fight.
He wrote: ‘Hi everyone. I am the guy in the bathroom fight video. I have laughed with the funny comments about my cowboy boots and cauliflower ear.
‘I have not commented because there is an on-going investigation. I have been advised to get an attorney.
‘I am also facing a surgery from an injury I received while defending myself and will be looking at some unplanned medical bills and time off of work recovering from the surgery. I am a full-time student who works two jobs.’
The page has so far raised $41,547 out of a target of $50,000.
Jones (pictured), an award-winning holder for Oklahoma’s football program, needed surgery to repair his left eye
Brown has since set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical and legal expenses as a result of the fight
Brown’s punch captured in the video was likely the moment that did serious damage to Jones’ left eye
Brown added: ‘First, I would like to thank you all for the generous support that I have received from all over the country. It is overwhelming in a good way!
‘Strangers have even offered to help me cover the costs of defending myself and so I have set up this account for anyone who would like to contribute.
‘I feel awkward doing this because I want to work and pay my own bills, but I am realizing that may be difficult for a little bit. I will say that YES, there was something that occurred prior to the start of the video as my nose doesn’t bleed for no reason.’
Steve Stice, Brown’s attorney, also made a statement on the fundraiser page, saying his client suffered a number of injuries including a torn bicep, which will require surgery.
He said: ‘As always, there is more to the story than what is depicted in the video. What is not shown is the original assault and battery suffered by Mr Brown at the hands of Mr Jones and his friend shortly before the captured footage.
Steve Stice, Brown’s attorney, also made a statement on the fundraiser page, saying his client suffered a number of injuries including a torn bicep, which will require surgery
Brown used his MMA background to get Jones into a guillotine position on the bathroom floor
‘As can be seen, my client’s nose and clothing were bloodied prior to the beginning of the video. Mr Brown was legally justified in defending himself in this matter.’
Most what is being said before the fight is indecipherable but one person can be heard saying: ‘Look at me, b***h!’
Jones then appears to shove Brown, who takes a breath before suddenly wailing on the football player.
He quickly takes him to the ground and continues attacking Jones.
The person recording the video seemingly provides commentary throughout, calling the fight ‘funny’.
‘Tap out, motherf***er,’ he says at one point. Meanwhile, a simultaneous fight breaks out next to the two men.
Brown’s brother Braden also become involved in the fracas which saw the men end up on the floor in headlocks
‘Y’all motherf***ers ain’t playing around,’ the narrator says after the other fight results in someone being body slammed against the wall.
Braden Brown identified himself and his brother on Twitter as the fighters after the video began circulating.
‘Just to get rid of the misconceptions, I’m the fellow in the beanie and that is my brother. We ARE NOT wrestlers at any university, we have been wrestling since we were in diapers and MMA/Cage Fighting since we were 12. They gave us no options unfortunately. We showed restraint,’ Brown said.
After the fight, Jones – whose lawyer said Jones was ‘trying to be a peacekeeper’ – went to his football program’s athletic trainers for aid.
Once swelling around Jones’ left eye diminished, a four-hour outpatient surgery was performed on February 16, which involved rebuilding his orbital socket.
‘Dr. Brooks came out of that surgery saying he’s extraordinarily lucky at this point, that he’s lucky he didn’t lose the eye altogether,’ said Woody Glass, Jones’ attorney.
Jones clearly didn’t know what he was getting into when he picked this fight
Brown’s brother, meanwhile, also got involved in the fight and attacked Jones’ companion
‘And so he was able to do some things surgically to rebuild that orbital socket and thinks everything is eventually going to come back to normal, but it’s going to take a while for him to fully recover.’
A police investigation into the matter is ongoing.
‘He was trying to de-escalate that situation,’ Glass told OU Daily. ‘But unfortunately, it wasn’t de-escalated despite his best efforts, and he became the victim of this vicious assault you’ve seen.’
Jones, a wide receiver and holder from Nashville, transferred to the Oklahoma program after previously being at the Liberty University program.
He was an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree last season. He also won the Mortell Holder of the Year Award after serving as the holder for all place kicks over the course of the season.
Sports Illustrated reports Jones is set to take advantage of the eligibility waiver given to all NCAA fall athletes and return for another season.