Thief swings on store clerk – pro MMA fighter shows up out of nowhere
A couple of shoplifters got the shock of a lifetime on Tuesday after trying to rob a Circle K convenience store in Albuquerque, N.M, only to be confronted by professional MMA fighter and Bellator veteran Saul Elizondo.
Elizondo said that he knew something was up when he first stepped foot in the store.
“Honestly, it just happened so quickly. It was crazy,” said Elizondo as reported by KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque.
“I kinda just reacted, some of my friends are saying I’m a hero but I really don’t think I was a hero at all. I consider myself a martial artist and I know that any other of my martial artist colleagues would’ve done the same thing,” said Elizondo.
Elizondo’s martial arts training kicked in almost immediately after a scuffle broke out, as captured by store surveillance.
“As soon as he brought his hand back I just like, rushed the guy. I caught him from behind and I kinda like, took him down and I took his back and kinda controlled the situation before he would hurt the people who work there.”
A member of the famed Jackson-Wink Academy, Elizondo frequents the Circle K just minutes down the street from the gym. While he could have seriously injured the shoplifters in question, the bantamweight fighter chose not to do so, opting instead to subdue one of the criminals – an easy task for an athlete of Elizondo’s caliber.
“It felt weird training with all these monsters here and grabbing this guy here felt like grabbing a little child like I was playing with a little kid,” said the fighter.
According to KRQE News 13, Elizondo left before the police arrived. It is still unclear whether any arrests have been made at the time of this writing.
Ray Higginbotham is a professional writer and avid MMA enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @_MMARAY for more.