Stories about MMA guys are usually in one of three categories:
1. They fought at an MMA event.
2. They did something awful, like murder prairie dogs with a machine gun or snort a semi of bullshark testosterone and beat up some ladies.
Wonderfully, this story about Bellator and ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ star Nick Ring creates its own category: MMA guys who stumble upon a gang trying to mug a couple and turn into Rorschach from Watchmen about it. The story, by way of the Calgary Herald with a hat-tip to Cage Potato:
Calgary’s own UFC fighter, Nick Ring, who had just finished a yoga session and went to Starbucks to get a coffee, saw an assault across the street and he wasn’t about to let it go.
Ring – a 33-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who is gearing up for UFC 149 in Calgary next month – was leaving the coffee shop at Mac leod Trail and 94th Avenue when he thought he saw a group of about 10 people beating up a couple to steal the girl’s backpack.
“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,” said Ring.
“I’m not going to let anything like that happen if I’ve got anything to say about it. Not a chance.”
According to the report, the violence started when the female victim gave a “dirty look” to one of the assailants. That led to her having her hair pulled and being kneed in the face, because apparently Canada is just as crazy and f**ked up as everywhere else. Her boyfriend was being held back and beaten up. Ring stepped in, and not only did he break up the fight, he simultaneously chased down multiple assailants and called the police, who showed up and arrested another half-dozen.
If that’s not enough to justify putting Ring in a trenchcoat and letting him shoot grappling hooks at peoples’ chests, his dramatic monologue might be:
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.
With great power comes great responsibility. You’re awesome, Nick Ring.