UFC 149’s Nick Ring Breaks Up A Mugging
Posted on 07 Jun 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
UFC middleweight Nick Ring spoke with MMAJunkie about a 10-on-2 mugging he witnessed and helped break up on Wednesday night. With his help – and the help of another stranger who arrived on the scene to help – Calgary police was able to arrest 7 of the 10 muggers. Here are some highlights of the interview:
Nick discussing the mugging he witnessed: "I was leaving Starbucks last night in Calgary, and I see a big group of, uh, I don't know what you want to call them – wannabe gangster guys – beating up a couple. It was a boyfriend-girlfriend. They were beating them up and robbing them, basically. It was 10 against two. It didn't look right. I pulled the car over and everything to see one of them kneeing a girl in the face. I'm not even joking. It was so hardcore, I can't even tell you."
"I get out of the car, and I yell, 'What's going here?' The girl takes off, rips this other girl's backpack away from her, and the whole group of them, the 10 of them, they run down the street. I went to check on the two, and they got their faces cut open, and they're bleeding everywhere. It was me and another stranger who just arrived on the scene."
"We just looked at each other, and we said to each other, 'Let's go get them.' We ran after them. We tackled one of them, and we called the police. The police came, and I got into another little foot chase with them as I was on the phone with the police."
About the muggers: "They need to be straightened out. This is not behavior that can be condoned. And you know what? Turning a blind eye to it, and this goes for everyone in society, don't turn a blind eye to it. If you see something wrong, you go out there, and you straighten it out. The cops are there to help out, as well, but you've got to call them."
His decision to intervene: "It definitely did cross my mind that they might have weapons. But at the same time, I wasn't thinking about that. They had to be stopped. If they had weapons, I would have just stayed on the phone and kept enough distance to where I would have been safe.
"There was this poor guy, and he was trying to protect his girlfriend, and he's getting beat up by the dudes in the group. The girl from the antagonist side, she's beating up on the girlfriend, and she had the guy by the hair, kneeing her right in the face. I just felt so bad for the guy. He was helpless. He's watching his girlfriend get beat up, and he's getting beat up, himself. I wasn't going to stand around and watch that happen."
After the police apprehended the muggers: "After they got nabbed by the cops, I went up to the group as they were getting arrested. 'Yeah, these are the guys. Thanks, guys.' I started pointing them out to the cops. One of the guys said, '[Expletive] you,' to me. Then he said, 'Yeah, man. Me and you, one on one.' He said that to my face. I just told him, 'Anytime, you little bitch.'"
"I'm very happy with the people that were on the scene. There were a lot of compassionate people. When they realized what was going on, all it took was that little push like, 'Yeah, let's go get them.' I had plenty of help from that point on.
"I'm glad they got arrested, and I hope they actually get some punishment for it."