Stockton, California- Home of the Diaz Brothers
Abel Simmons, long time UFC fan, was coming home from watching UFC 160: Valesquez vs. Bigfoot 2 when a wanna be carjacker tried to force his way into his car.
Have you ever seen a racing movie and felt like a racer when you left the theater and got in the car?
Simmons, probably still hyped up from watching the fights, got some ‘Diaz’ fever and took the carjacker out by submission.
“I just snatched his legs and took him down. I had just put him in an armbar, he slipped right out of it. So then I got him in a rear naked choke and started rolling and squirming around. He got out of that as well. I had him in a guillotine choke. And he wasn’t getting out of that. I had that lock really tight. I just held him in place and said, ‘Well, guess you are going to jail tonight buddy.'”
Not exactly something you expect to happen when trying to hijack a car. In Stockton, the Diaz brothers are well known for their performance in MMA and specifically the UFC. Contractual and PR controversies aside, it’s undisputed that the Nick and Nate Diaz have some of the best Brazilian Jiujitsu skills in MMA. While it’s excellent to see a fan take make use of the sport in a serious self defense scenario it wouldn’t be advised that everyone go out trying to test their skills in vigilante situations. Fighters train for years to gain the skills they have and anyone who wishes to incorporate MMA into self defense should seek out proper guidance from a seasoned instructor.
Simmons wife called the police, Jones was taken into custody charged with attempted carjacking, battery and resisting arrest.
This story isn’t the only one that has UFC’s name credited to it. In 2011 Joe Lozito stopped a subway killer in New York. After giving props to UFC, Lozito found himself being wined and dined by none other than Dana White as a thank you for shedding some positive vibes on a sport that’s banned in that state.
Maybe Abel Simmons will get a visit from the Diaz brothers?