MMA Fighter Ro Malabanan Pins Serial Puncher In Soho
Mixed martial artist Ro Malabanan pinned a homeless man who was attacking random people in the middle of Manhattan’s Soho district in late July.
Malabanan was walking out of a subway station near Broadway when he saw two men walking toward him, and a third man “sucker punched” one of the men in the side of the face, Malabanan explained.
Within moments, two other people pulled up and said the suspect had been punching people as he walked down Broadway and suggested they try and stop the assailant, Malabanan explained.
“Alright, I’m down,” Malabanan responded. He ran after the assailant, who was already a block away, and his “jiu-jitsu instinct just kicked in,” he noted.
“I jumped on his back. He tried to swing me off then, but for those of you that don’t know, a seat belt position dragged him down to the floor, and I immediately took his back and pinned him on the ground,” Malabanan continued in the video. “All of this happened in less than a minute.”
“That’s bullsh*t bro, you still don’t punch people in the f**king face for no reason,” Malabanan can be heard in a video responding to the suspect’s claims that someone had been “walking into [him].”
Six people reported they were victims of the individual.
Malabanan said he’s often harassed in New York City over his Asian heritage. While his professional fighting career is on pause due to concussions, he is a martial arts and boxing instructor and a hopeful actor, according to the outlet.