Look, another ‘MMA murder’! The Las Vegas Sun headline: “MMA fighter accused in death of ex-UNLV football player at Luxor”
A former UNLV football player was killed in an altercation with a mixed martial arts fighter Saturday at the Luxor resort on the Las Vegas Strip, Metro Police said.
Police arrested Jason Sindelar, 25, in connection with the death of 26-year-old DeMario Reynolds, of Henderson. Jail records indicate Sindelar was booked into the Clark County Detention Center in connection with murder. He is being held without bail.
Metro spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said Sindelar and Reynolds, who police say were friends, got into a fight in a Luxor suite about 4 a.m. Saturday. Sindelar allegedly punched Reynolds in the face and chest, police said.
Sindelar’s only professional fight was a loss to Ryan Burwick on Sept. 7, 2008. Sindelar has an amateur record with four victories, three in 2007 and one in 2008.
New rule: just like the Ultimate Fighter tryouts, there should be some sort of minimum number of fights before a murderer is considered a mixed martial artist. One fight shouldn’t be enough to qualify. No fights since 2008 also indicates a person is probably not a serious representative of the sport. I guess when a guy gets beaten to death in an assault, the MMA angle must be too juicy for the media to ignore. Easier to ignore: the possibility that this was a swingers party gone wrong:
Reynolds’ 43-year-old fiancee, Iman Aubrey, who operates purrfectlv.com, a Las Vegas website for prospective swingers, told police Reynolds was trying to stop a fight between Sindelar and his girlfriend in a bathroom about 4 a.m.
Aubrey, when reached by phone Monday, declined to comment on whether she was hosting a party through her website the day of Reynolds’ death. But Clark said family members told her there was a swingers party that evening, hosted by Aubrey. Clark said Reynolds’ life might have been saved had someone called hotel security when the fight began.
“If you’re staying at a high-class hotel in Las Vegas and you call security, they’re coming Johnny-on-the-spot,” Clark said.
An official for the company that owns the Luxor directed questions to police.
“We’re fully cooperating with investigators, and further inquiries should be made to Metro,” MGM Resorts International spokesman Gordon Absher said.
Clark said Reynolds’ family did not approve of Aubrey and questioned whether she was more worried about her business than Reynolds. “Heaven forbid there’s some bad publicity and you can’t have the smut parties there anymore,” she said.