Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones isn’t the only UFC athlete that fights crime outside of the Octagon. On Wednesday at 9:15PM, Nick Ring (Pictured) was leaving Starbucks when he witnessed a group of about 10 juveniles aged 15-18 beating up and robbing a young couple, both 17, waiting at a bus stop.
The middleweight witnessed one female assailant holding the female victim by the hair and kneeing her in the face while she was on the ground. The male victim was repeatedly beaten as he was trying to protect his girlfriend.
After watching the group steal the girl’s backpack and run off, leaving the victims hysterical and bleeding with cuts on their faces, Ring and a “perfect stranger” decided to get involved. After checking on the victims, they bolted after the assaulters for about 3-4 blocks.
“It was right out of a movie, they were holding him back and beating him up as well,” said Ring. “It was a really horrible thing to see. It was a brutal assault. Hands down it was a horrible thing to witness. There was no way it was justified.
“It was a random act, but from what I saw, it was very violent. I have no tolerance for that type of behavior and I had to even out the playing field.”
Ring and the other witness were eventually able to pin down one of the young men and called the police. The other hood rats pleaded with them to let their accomplice go, but ultimately took off when they realized Ring was doing no such thing.
Ring then chased after them, as well. The authorities ended up catching the hoodlums from there.
Three members of the group were arrested and charged with assault. Police are still searching for the remaining suspects.
When the dust settled on the incident, Ring wasn’t able to speak to the victims because they were rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
Ring resumes his day job when he meets Court McGee July 21st at UFC 149.