A screen grab of the video showing the security guards overpowering the MMA fighter during a brawl in Subang Jaya on Monday. The Nepalese guards hailed as “heroes” when they carried out their duty by standing firm against a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter are in hot water. (File pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Nepalese guards hailed as “heroes” when they carried out their duty by standing firm against a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter are in hot water.

This follows police suspicion that they were working illegally.

Subang Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Azlin Sadari said police were conducting an investigation into the case.

“From the video, it looks like the guards were the victims. However, we need to carry out an investigation to determine the real situation that took place before the video was captured.

“The security guards do not have valid documents. They have passports, but no working permits,” he said yesterday, adding that police would call in the guards’ employers to record their statements.

Four people, including the three guards, were remanded to assist with investigations into the Monday brawl between the guards and the MMA fighter.

Azlin, on Tuesday, said although the MMA fighter had since retracted his police report, the case was being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting.  

Videos of the brawl went viral on social media on Monday after the security guards stopped the man from entering the condominium.

A bystander tried to calm those involved in the fracas, but the MMA fighter kicked one of the guard’s on the thigh. This saw both the guard and the MMA fighter tumbling to the ground.

Other guards came to help subdue the the MMA fighter and tied him up.

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