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Security camera footage captured several men attacking a Houston Fuel Depot convenience store employee as he was on a bank round. Luckily, a co-worker, Mayura "Top Gun" Dissanayake, is a mixed martial arts fighter from Sri Lanka, with a decade of fighting experience.
In the US, Dissanayake trains with the UG's own CrutchMaster, and is a veteran of India's Super Fight League, among other promotions. Dissanayake's fight with Mohammed Shahid at SFL 1 won fight of the night.
The champ was working behind the counter, when he saw two men jump out of an SUV and try to grab the bank bag he was carrying.
"The first guy I saw, I just kicked him in the face," explained Dissanayake. "Then I punched the other guy. We learn how to punch, how to kick and all that stuff you can use in the streets."
As the attackers retreat to their vehicle, Dissanayake got a piece of one, dropping him to an unforgiving canvas - asphalt. The attacker's accomplices considered going back to drag him to the car, but retreated when it was clear Dissanayake was standing his ground.
"I just kicked him until he lays down on the floor," said the fighter. "Until he stopped moving cause I wasn't sure if he had a knife or a gun so I wanted him to stop moving."
Police arrested Odell Mathis, 33, and charged him with robbery with bodily injury. He is a suspect in a chain of similar robberies.
In a follow up interview, Dissanayake detailed his dream.
"I want to make it to the UFC," he said. "That is my dream... the whole reason I moved to the states."
UFC president Dana White was asked about the incident by TMZ and said "I love it."
Here "Top Gun" talks about what happened with UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten.
The immigrant from Sri Lanka had one fight in the USA, a win, but did not end up pursuing a career in mixed martial arts. He pursued education, and today serves his community as a firefighter/EMT, for the Katy (Texas) Fire Department.
And Dissanayake's old opponent from SFL 1, Mohammad Shahid, now runs BRAVE Combat Federation.