Nick Ring loves a good fight. And he will show us just this at UFC 149, when he squares off against Court McGee in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
But what he saw on Wednesday night was from a fair fight. Ring witnessed a disgusting attack on a couple by a group of about ten people- believed to be in their late teens -and he knew he had to step in to help.
Ring witnessed the attack from inside his car and described the events that transpired:
"I was leaving Starbucks last night in Calgary, and I see a big group of, uh, I don't know what you want to call them – wannabe gangster guys – beating up a couple," Ring told MMA Junkie. "It was a boyfriend-girlfriend. They were beating them up and robbing them, basically. It was 10 against two. It didn't look right. I pulled the car over and everything to see one of them kneeing a girl in the face. I'm not even joking. It was so hardcore, I can't even tell you."
Ring had said that the attack was brutal -the female victim was getting kneed in the face by her female attacker and the male victim was also getting beaten up by a group of attackers.
He says that the victims were bleeding from cuts, but fortunately, they were not suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Ring couldn't just sit there and watch and so he got out of his car to check on the victims and then went on to give chase to the group he described as "wannabe gangsters".
With the help of a bystander, Ring managed to catch one of the assailants and notified the police of the remaining perpetrators' whereabouts, which led to further arrests being made.
The assailant that Ring had caught failed to recognize the UFC star and even challenged him to a fight. Ring's answer was "anytime, you little bitch."
Ring thanked those that helped in catching the assailants and has stated his willingness to help the police in the prosecution of the attackers. He was also humble in suggesting that it was something that anyone would and should do.
"They need to be straightened out," Ring said. "This is not behaviour that can be condoned. And you know what? Turning a blind eye to it, and this goes for everyone in society, don't turn a blind eye to it. If you see something wrong, you go out there, and you straighten it out. The cops are there to help out, as well, but you've got to call them."
Fighters like Nick Ring deserve high praise for acts of bravery such as this. The sport of MMA gets a lot of criticism but this is evidence that the athletes competing in the sport are good people with good hearts.