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Cops race to fairgrounds for false alarm involving mixed-martial arts fighters

South entrance at North Iowa Events Center
South entrance at North Iowa Events Center
MASON CITY – Law enforcement in Mason City raced to the North Iowa Events Center (fairgrounds) Saturday night for a report of a brawl after a mixed-martial arts event, but it turned out to be a mirage.

Despite reports from other local “media”, there were no arrests and virtually no incident after a professional fighting event held in the Olsen Building Saturday evening. Police did receive a call at about 10:30 PM from a woman who told police that “50-100” fighters were outside the Olsen Building in a “huge brawl”. Police immediately raced to the fairgrounds, including Mason City police and county law enforcement. They converged purposely from different entrances and began formulating a plan to surround the area.

However, once they got there, they only found people wandering around, some in small groups. Police radioed to other law enforcement en route to slow down, as they discovered that there was nor brawls, fights, or other incident taking place.

“There was exchange of words,” said professional fighter, trainer and promoter Mike Estus of Mason City. “Some lady called and said there was 50-100 people fighting … there wasn’t it … it was a minor aurgment and got blown up.”

Police made no arrests, talked to a few people and simply stood by while people left the event.

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