You've heard of MMA fighters wrestling with bears, but have you ever heard of one going toe-to-toe with an alligator? That's what amateur fighter Mike Dragich did last week when he helped Florida fire and rescue officials remove a 10-foot alligator from the grounds of an elementary school in Jacksonville.
Dragich, 33, is also a licensed gator trapper, so it's not as if he fought the reptile without any experience. His Instagram page is littered with videos of him grappling with alligators and he calls himself the "Blue Collar Brawler."
The Jacksonville native said one night, during dinner with his family, he got a phone call from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation about an alligator who wandered onto an elementary school grounds, although Dragich said he didn't know how big it would be until he got there.
“We get there. I walked through the gate. And boom. There it was just ready to go right there in the parking lot, and we just had to get the job done,” he told FOX35 Orlando. “I felt like Batman, for real, you know."
Dragich won his last amateur fight on Dec. 10, 2022, by TKO against Jaguar West and is 2-2 in his career.