MMAer Beats Critic Over Bad Restaurant Review?

Jerry “The Punching Bag” Spiegel (seriously, that’s his nickname) has a 11-24-1 record in MMA, but he finally found an opponent he could beat: an older, out-of-shape restaurant critic, and all it took was a two-on-one ambush in a parking lot to do it.

Jerry Spiegel and Steve Barnes

The “fighter” (and judging from his record, that’s a generous description) was arrested and charged with assault for a brutal beating of Steve Barnes, a food writer for the ALBANY TIMES-UNION. It appears that Spiegel — or someone who contracted his services — took issue with one of Barnes’s negative reviews.

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