What Happens in Fight Club Isn’t Staying in Fight Club


Chris Kwiatkowski, at left, faces-off against Spencer Grekoski. (Steve Friedman)
Chris Kwiatkowski, at left, faces-off against Spencer Grekoski. (Steve Friedman)

More than 500 real estate executives hung out ringside for the biannual Real Estate Fight Night at Madison Square Garden on a recent Friday night to see amateur Muay Thai master Chris Kwiatkowski of J.D. Carlisle face-off against Spencer Grekoski. Their fight was just one of 20 Muay Thai or Mixed Martial Arts fights scheduled for the night.

The bloody and violent bouts began at 6 p.m. and culminated with the main event after midnight featuring Messrs. Kwiatkowski and Grekoski. Mr. Kwiatkowski lost in a knockout in the second round.

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Real Estate Fight Night, created in 2004, is hosted by Matthew Schmeelk, a senior vice president at Kensington Vanguard Land Services; Kevin Lillis, an executive vice president at Sahara Group and chief executive officer of Victory Combat Sports; and Peter Auerbach, the chief investment officer of Alto Investments.

“The event started with 100 fans in a church basement and kept growing each year primarily through word of mouth and email blasts,” Mr. Schmeelk said in prepared remarks. “Now 10 years later, Real Estate Fight Night is renowned in the real estate space as a twice-a-year-event to which the industry looks forward.”