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Armed Robbery Foiled by MMA Fighter in Chicago: Fan Reaction
"The Chicago Sun-Times" reported that "A would-be mugger on Chicago's Southwest Side picked on the wrong person—a mixed-martial artist—and ended up with two black eyes and a gunshot wound to the ankle, the police say."
The assailant, a 24 year old Anthony Miranda, shot himself in the ankle during the altercation. Miranda requested money from his victim. Officer John Mirabelli said that after taking the money, Miraranda asked the victim to get out of his car.
MMA for Self-Defense
Whoever that MMA trained person was—his name was not disclosed in the article—is very brave and, obviously, well-trained. He fought a man with a gun and won. The report said that the victim "held Miranda down" until the police arrived.
Someone went to bed that night delighted that he'd been keeping up with his training. Probably, the people in his gym who complain about drilling moves (boring), won't be complaining after they hear what happened.
What strikes me about this story and the one I recently published about the 11 year old hero who used his BJJ training to distract a kidnapper until his father pulled the man out of his truck (with his two children inside), is how calm the victims of the attack are.
For those of us who train in MMA, I'm not sure we realize the cumulative effect of sparring, rolling and drilling different techniques with our partners.
MMA Going Mainstream
Interestingly, one of the ways MMA might become more acceptable is because of the increasing number of stories of heroes who save the day using their MMA skills. Each story I've read, shows an intentional defense delivered with cool blood. No one seems to be looking for trouble. Each time, it's been spur of the moment, requiring quick thinking and with little blood spilled.
People get into scary situations. This one, involving a gun, could have easily turned deadly. "The mugging victim was able to get control of the gun, and the two wrestled, with Miranda accidentally firing his gun and shooting himself in the ankle during the fight, Mirabelli said."
This MMA fighter joins the ranks of other brave men like the UFC's Jonny "Bones" Jones for quick thinking and safe resolution.
Mugger picks wrong victim: MMA fighter - Chicago Sun-Times
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny.
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