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#1 nucklehead

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:23 PM

UFC fighter Nick Ring knows a good fight.

But what he saw Wednesday night at a bus stop on Macleod Trail was far from it, and he stepped in to even the odds.

Ring — a 33-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who is gearing up for UFC 149 in Calgary next month — was leaving the Starbucks at Macleod Trail and 94th Avenue when he saw a group of about 10 people across the street beating up a couple to steal a young woman’s backpack.

“This one girl had another girl by her hair and was kneeing her in the face while her boyfriend was trying to protect the poor girl. It was right out of a movie, they were holding him back and beating him up as well,” said Ring on Thursday morning.

“It was a really horrible thing to see.”

He wasn’t going to put up with it.

Ring got out of his car, checked on the victims and along with another bystander who saw the fight in progress started to chase what he called the “wannabe gangsters” who ran when they saw them.

As he chased the suspects, who appeared to be about 17 or 18 years old, Ring called police on his cellphone.

The pair was able to catch one suspect and Ring says police caught another five or six suspects.

“I did not like what I saw and I wasn’t going to stand around and watch that happen. It was a crime and it was completely wrong. I’m not going to let anything like that happen if I’ve got anything to say about it. Not a chance.”

Ring said both victims were bleeding after the attack. The boyfriend had a large cut on his face.

EMS spokesman Adam Loria said one person was taken to a clinic after suffering a minor trauma. The patient was in stable, non-life threatening condition.

According to his UFC bio, the 185-pound Nick (The Promise) Ring has a black belt in muay Thai, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and has won golden glove kick-boxing titles. He competed in season 11 of Ultimate Fighter.

Ring said the suspects did not know who he was or his fighting background.

“It puts me in the position that I have the ability to help others when they need it. I was glad to be able to put my skills to use to help these people out,” said Ring.

“I think that would be a scary position to be in if you’re witnessing that and feeling powerless. With all my training, I think I’m in a unique position to be able to handle myself against these kind of cowards.”




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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:34 PM

After seeing all the other stories about killers and cannibals, nice to see a story about someone doing good and standing up for others for once.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

Seems like an awesome guy - class act for a mma fighter :)

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

Seems like an awesome guy - class act for a mma fighter :)

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:40 PM

I wish I could have been there to help the guy chase them down
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:53 PM

Nick "The Promise" Ring.

My favourite fighter in his TUF season.

Too bad he got injured, might've won the show for Canada.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 11:23 PM

I jumped a guy outside the Collossus theatre in Langley after I saw him hit his wife. He pressed charges and I have a record, while the loyal b*tch denied the entire thing.

Good to see someone doing the right thing, it's too bad our society tends to punish the well intentioned. I know who I'm cheering for in UFC 149.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:08 AM

Seems like an awesome guy - class act for a mma fighter :)

Seems like an awesome guy - class act for a mma fighter :)


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:50 AM

After seeing all the other stories about killers and cannibals, nice to see a story about someone doing good and standing up for others for once.


2 nice guys compared to 10 people beating others up. Still more bad guys than good guys in this story.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:23 AM

2 nice guys compared to 10 people beating others up.  Still more bad guys than good guys in this story.
I can't stand idly by as people feel good.


Bless you, it's true. Good things happen to morons too!
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:42 AM

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:39 AM

Met this guy on Burrard when the UFC was here 2 years ago, such a class act. Got a pic with him and he was willing to show us a couple basic self defense moves even though he was on his way to a training session. One of the nicest athletes I've ever met.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:31 AM

Saw him at the gym a few days ago. Dudes pretty ripped and really nice guy
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:52 AM

Good on him, it could easily have ended badly for him though, he wouldn't have been the first sport fighter to get hurt by stepping into someone else's situation.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:29 PM

At least we've got someone on our side when the zombie apocalypse starts.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:12 PM

Would have been a better story if he booted one of these morons in the face, so they know what it feels like.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:15 AM

Would have been a better story if he booted one of these morons in the face, so they know what it feels like.


Yeah but then he would probably of been charged/sued for assault cause that is the worlld we live in.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:13 AM

I jumped a guy outside the Collossus theatre in Langley after I saw him hit his wife. He pressed charges and I have a record, while the loyal b*tch denied the entire thing.


Oh my god that really must suck. I know it probably sucks hearing this, as all of your friends probably have said it too, but at least you did the right thing. That's just a sign of an abusive relationship that will not end well.
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