A Filipino American mixed martial artist reportedly stopped an attacker after witnessing him hit another man in an unprovoked attack in New York City.
Ro Malabanan, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was heading to work when saw a homeless man, later identified as 28-year-old Samuel Frazier, sucker-punch a construction worker in SoHo on July 27, according to reports.
Witnesses informed Malabanan that Frazier had also attacked other men before the construction worker, prompting the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to chase after the man.
“My jiu-jitsu instincts just kicked in. I jumped on his back,” Malabanan said in a video posted to his Instagram. “He tried to swing me off then, but a seatbelt position dragged him down to the floor, and I immediately took his back and pinned him to the ground.”
Frazier reportedly assaulted six men along Broadway. While he was pinned to the ground, some of his victims started attacking him, according to Malabanan. However, the MMA expert asked them to stop and call the police instead. He reportedly subdued the attacker until police arrived.
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