Renzo Gracie Tweets as He Fights off Two Would-Be Muggers in New York

John HeinisSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 2:  Renzo Gracie, Head Coach of the New York Pitbulls shouts instructions to Bryan Vetell during his Heavyweight bout against Wayne Cole of the Tokyo Sabres at the International Fight League  Semi Finals on August 2, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The International Fight League is the worlds first team based professional mixed martial arts league.  In a match, two teams compete against each other with the winning team being the one whose members win three of five one on one matches in five weight divisions.  Competition goes in a round robin format amongst 12 teams with the teams with the two best records ultimately competing for the IFL Championship.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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If you were being followed by two strangers in New York around 3 a.m. in the morning, how would you react? 

Famed fighter and trainer Renzo Gracie tweeted to his followers as he was in that exact situation Thursday evening, giving updates every couple minutes. 

The action started at 3:11 a.m. Eastern Time, when Renzo tweeted:



22nd street and 10th ave right now two guys following me, can't help but have a big smile upon my face Im talking about a happy one;-))))

— Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) September 7, 2012

Five tweets and 12 minutes later, the sixth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu was ready to throw down:



They are coming closer, asking for a cigaret ;-) lol can't help but have a smile in my face. I don't smoke. Pretend to wobble. They smile

— Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) September 7, 2012


At 3:47, Gracie, who also has earned a black belt in Judo, complains that his hand hurts and that the second would-be attacker has run away. 

Around 5 a.m., the PRIDE veteran finally caught the man in question and gave him a vicious beating. Here is the transcription of three tweets Gracie composed between 5:01 a.m. and 5:06 a.m.:

"Be enough… Dumb f%#^ I just gave him the old style Raccoon, it has been a while since the last time I did.. Choke him out 3 times…And before he woke up I did hit each eye socket at least twice, tomorrow he will wake up like a raccoon, and every time he woke up I was…Whispering at his ears.. That’s what death feels like it.. Don’t do that again. My f***ing hand hurts, :-/ a lot"

In the aftermath of the brawl, Gracie tweeted a picture of his hand, noting that he should have used elbows. 

At 45 years old, Renzo Gracie may not have any good fights left for the Octagon, but he clearly has more than enough skills to still handle his own on the streets.