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This incident took place recently in Brisbane Australia.
Pro welterweight MMA fighter Viktor Lyall was minding his own business when he saw two punks stomping a man in an alley, and broke it up. The pair then relentlessly followed and harassed the fighter, spurred on by a female friend of one of them, whose father is reportedly a bodybuilder.
How do we know about her father? Because she tells everyone, repeatedly.
The altercation is a seminar in using distance management - not getting close enough to get hit, while momentarily stepping into the pocket to hit back first. It's also a seminar in situational awareness, never letting the second assailant get in position to sucker punch, something the punk was desperately trying to do, and as well making sure his own companion was close and safe. And it is a seminar in staying cool and controlling temper in the face of extreme and prolonged harassment that included being spit on.
Warning, the video contains more profanity than Joe Pesci playing a Mafiosi.
Here's a view from above.
For those of you who wondered where Beavis and Butthead have been all these years, now we know, unfortunately.
It also reminds of Christopher Walken's Lion Speech in the 2002 documentary Poolhall Junkies.
Lyall requests that there be no further steps taken against the two fools, and hopes that their enshrinement in the global @$$hole Hall of Fame was sufficient.
"As they're identifiable, I hope people can also respect the privacy of the aggressors and not ruin their livelihoods or whatever they do," wrote the fighter. "Although the two males were together beating someone brutally, it was stopped. That video going viral is probably (hopefully) enough punishment for them. Please don't harass.
"Ultimately, to me, it was just a bit of a tiff. They got plowed on. It happens. It's good nobody got hurt."