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Mutual combat

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Mutual combat

Mutual combat occurs when two individuals intentionally and consensually engage mutually in a fair[1] fight,[2] while not hurting bystanders or damaging property.[3] In some cases, mutual combat nevertheless results in killings.[4]


  • Notable examples 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Notable examples

In 2012, MMA fighter Phoenix Jones hit the headlines for engaging in mutual combat.[5] A video of the fight went viral.[6] The Seattle Police Department later defended their officers for not intervening.[7] The same year, Gabriel Aubry and Olivier Martinez engaged in mutual combat and were not charged.[8] In 2014, after Zac Efron had engaged in a fight in Skid Row, law enforcement officials did not make any arrests because they viewed it as mutual combat.[9] Mutual combat has been used to deny damage claims,[10] as a legal defense,[11] and to drop charges against fighting students.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Heckman, Candace (6 April 2001). "Police break up teen boxing match at park".  
  2. ^ Martinez, Fidel (15 November 2012). "Civilian crime fighter knocks out disorderly man".  
  3. ^ Shiers, Frank (12 November 2012). "Seattle police stand by and watch Phoenix Jones fistfight".  
  4. ^ Dolan, Maura (28 August 2001). "2 Rulings on Gangs Help, Hurt Prosecutors".  
  5. ^ Schauffler, Allen (9 November 2012). Superhero' Phoenix Jones gets into street brawl as officers watch"'".  
  6. ^ Raftery, Jillian (12 November 2012). "Phoenix Jones fist fight video goes viral".  
  7. ^ Shiers, Frank (12 November 2012). "Seattle police stand by and watch Phoenix Jones fistfight".  
  8. ^ "Gabriel Aubry Drops Restraining Order Against Olivier Martinez".  
  9. ^ Grossman, Samantha (27 March 2014). "Zac Efron Got Punched In the Face During a Brawl on Skid Row".  
  10. ^ "Court Denies Pair Damages".  
  11. ^ Serna, Joseph (26 February 2015). "Slain Fox exec was in 'mutual combat' with alleged killer, lawyer says".  
  12. ^ Boyer, Barbara (3 March 2001). "Abraham Drops Charges Against 3 Black Students Charged In A Racial Fight At A Northeast High School, Two Were Victims And One Was Not Involved, She Said.".  

External links

  • Phoenix Jones in mutual combat on YouTube
  • Supreme Court of Georgia about manslaughter involving mutual combat
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