In the best “whoops, I picked the wrong hotel” story since the Milwaukee Brewers ended up in cohabitation with a Furries convention, 31-year-old Luis Rosales tried to rob a Koreatown Los Angeles hotel and got choked the f**k out by two guys who stepped off an elevator while it was going down and just so happened to be Jiu-Jitsue No-Gi Championship competitors. Maybe if they’d been wearing gis he would’ve seen it coming.
The play-by-play, from our friends at Cage Potato:
Brent Alvarez, 33, who owns Twisted Web MMA, a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu affiliate in Eugene, Oregon and Billy Denney, 28, who is one of his students, subdued the struggling assailant and Alvarez used a body lock and rear naked choke to hold the man until police arrived. Apparently he thought a Twister would be too flashy.
Throughout the incident, the pair tried to reassure the thief, who was begging them to let him go so he could see his young daughter who he claimed was the motivating factor in the robbery, that he had simply made a bad decision that will do his family more harm than good.
“He wasn’t trying to punch us; he just seemed like someone who had run out of options,” Alvarez said Friday evening. “I think back now and wonder what the hell was I doing? I should have hit him and knocked him out.”
These guys rule. Cage Potato has video of the entire incident, so if you want to see the unedited version of a robber going from gun-waggling to “I’ve made a terrible mistake” in one choke, head over and check it out. I don’t compete in mixed-martial arts (gi or no gi) nor am I a 10th-anything affiliate, but I did recently spend a week in a Koreatown-area hotel, so the better parts of me say I would’ve tried something similar even if it’d ended up looking like this …