To MMA fans, it sometimes feels that self-defense is a neglected skill in today's world. Many people forget that, in some sordid places, people would be willing to murder you for your cell phone and the contents of your wallet/purse.
Fortunately, the lessons of self-defense wasn't wasted on Antoni Hardonk—a kickboxer and MMA fighter who had a mediocre 4-4 stint in the UFC heavyweight division before retiring from competition.
While not a noteworthy, top-tier fighter, Hardonk proved one night that he was a courageous man and a hero—stopping a group of thugs not once but twice.
The first time, his tough demeanor and size were enough to intimidate the would-be robbers into backing off taking his wallet.
As he was being driven home, he noticed the same group of men surrounding a woman and then grappling with a man over his wallet.
He sprung into action and rescued the victims.
"I believe if you can do something to help someone else, you should," Hardonk told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. "We're all here and we should all try to help each other if we can. It's the right thing to do. I just did what I thought was right."
A similar story happened with former UFC fighter Guy Mezger, who saved a woman who was being publicly roughed up and berated by her boyfriend.
After getting involved, the man eventually pulled a knife on Mezger who made short work of the attacker.
Another former UFC employee in Roger Huerta, too, intervened on behalf of a woman who was being attacked.
In an infamously viral video, Huerta battered a larger opponent who had previously laid hands on a woman, infuriating Huerta.
These stories show that people exist who do the right things, and you can too.