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In Your Face, Bob Reilly: MMA Stops Knife-Wielding Whacko’s Murderous Rampage in NYC

(Who says takedowns and stalling don’t win fights?)

Maybe now New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly will change his tune about MMA being detrimental to society.

According to a story in yesterday’s New York Times, a 40-year-old mixed martial arts practitioner on his way to work on Saturday morning ended a crazy knife-wielding murderer’s  rampage in New York City with the help of a single-leg takedown. The story is a chilling and tragic one, but the fact that someone trained in MMA stopped this nutjob from killing anyone else using an MMA technique is a feather in the cap for the sport that Reilly and his supporters were trying to ban people from training in the state of New York less than two years ago.

Here’s what went down Saturday morning on a subway car in The Big Apple:

“It was Saturday, shortly after 9 a.m.: Joseph Lozito was on his way to work at Lincoln Center.

He took a seat near the front of an uptown No. 3 train at Pennsylvania Station. Two officers entered with him. He barely noticed as they stepped inside the motorman’s cab.

Then, he said, a third man — 6 feet tall and dressed in street clothes — walked up to the booth and rapped on its window, saying, “Let me in, I’m police.” The man was rebuffed. He walked toward Mr. Lozito.

Coming closer, the man stopped, turned and then, Mr. Lozito, 40, said in an interview on Sunday, “he pulls his knife out and said to me, ‘You’re going to die.’ ”

It turns out, the guy wasn’t kidding.

Hours before he had killed his mother’s boyfriend, a woman he was in love with who did not have the same feelings for him, and the woman’s mother and had stabbed both a cab driver and a random motorist before heading underground to board the subway. It is believed that he was attempting to kill the train’s coachmen so he could commandeer the vehicle, but failing that he decided to turn his sights on Lozito, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound MMA devotee.

The decision would prove his undoing.

Here’s what happened next:

“Mr. Gelman lunged at him on the subway with the knife. Mr. Lozito said he knew he had to do something quickly (“or he was going to cut me up”) and so he rushed at Mr. Gelman with an improvised move that was somewhere between a single-leg takedown and a tackle.

Once on the ground, Mr. Lozito grabbed his attacker around the waist, and the officers from the motorman’s cab rushed to help. They handcuffed and arrested Mr. Gelman, who was awaiting arraignment Sunday night.

Mr. Lozito suffered four knife wounds to the head and a gash above his left eye. The tribal tattoo on his left triceps was slashed, and a wound on the back of his head required 20 stitches and 18 staples.

“It could have been a lot worse,” he said. “I’m glad I wasn’t No. 5 — I’m glad he didn’t kill anyone else.”

In his case, fate lost out to fortune. “I’m as lucky as can be,” he said.”

Props to him for putting an end to this bastard’s killing spree, but I think if I was faced with the same situation, I would have handled it a bit more like Anderson Silva and a lot less like Jon Fitch. A takedown to clinch on the ground seems like a risky move when a guy has a knife. A Steven Seagal face kick would have ended things without his tribal tattoo getting mangled and could have bumped Kharitonov out of the lead for Knockout of the Night honors.

Somehow I see an influx of little old ladies enrolling at Renzo Gracie‘s gym this week to learn how to stop a subway knife attack.


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valetudorules- February 23, 2011 at 1:36 am
i would have pulled my blade and had a knife fight Bas Rutten style
Jeremy Jackson- February 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Sign him up Dana!
Boztepe- February 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm
This is why I am totally against Krav Maga. If the knife wielding maniac was trained in Krav Maga, the guy would be dead from the precision of attacks. It is a good thing that MMA training has no weapons involved outside of your own physical attributes. A knife wielding maniac trained in MMA would be hopeless against a man who knows MMA because knowing MMA makes you worse when handling weapons. In conclusion, please do not show Krav Maga on television and continue to allow MMA. Thank you very much.
Yuri4980- February 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm
When I first saw the pictures I thought that Tiki got served up looked to be at a prison somewhere.
Whitey- February 15, 2011 at 9:25 am
I'm not really Whitey, but I like the new old post method.
sniffer-piffits- February 15, 2011 at 8:51 am
AM I the only person who thinks its ridiculous that they are attributing the 'single leg takedown' to MMA? I'm not a Dr., but I'm pretty sure that is from wrestling... Now if he had started with a combo of strikes then took him down and broke his arm? I could call that MMA.
CugeltheClever- February 15, 2011 at 8:00 am
Not a practioner... merely a fan. He has never trained. He said so on Good Mornign America while humbly staring out of a beet red, popped blood vessel eye.
darciesdaddy- February 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm
He's lucky he avoided a doctor's stoppage with that cut on his head.
Sheps- February 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm
That's a wrestling move not a fucking MMA move. Dumbass.
J-Dog- February 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm
Too bad they don't have CCW there. My .45 would be the easiest and least risky solution. Forget tackling or kicking at a guy with a knife. Chest, chest, assess, head.
Teehee McPeepee- March 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm
yep I'd take my 1911 over a blade 9 times outta 10.
Mike- February 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm
He did NOT practice MMA. Saw the story. He is a FAN
MRuss- February 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm
My name is MRuss and I approve this dicksucking.
Please fire me Ben.
fuck bob reilly- February 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm
fuck bob reilly! this man Joseph Lozito deserves to have his name on the title of the story and in the tags. he is a mixed martial artist, right? why not give him the love? bob reilly is not a mixed martial artist so fuck him!
cecils_pupils- February 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm
4 knife wounds to the head... 4

thick skull > knife
TimboSlice- February 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm
I can see Bob Reilly's argument already formulating:

We can never allow mma to be allowed in our state. Just look at how dangerously effective it was for an unarmed man using it on a man wielding a knife. How could we ever let someone use mma on an UNARMED man... in a cage!? The result would be fatal at best, at worst...I don't even want to fathom what the death toll would be.
robagod- February 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm
So what is the offical tally of MMA fighters or people who have trained in MMA stopping crime versus Senators or politicians in general who have stopped crime, And no, pretending you had something to do with making laws don't count Reilly.
djp1988- February 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Guarantee you Bob Reilly is going to call the single leg "Some kind of football manuever".
831 Father- February 14, 2011 at 11:45 am
This man would have gotten a LOT more mainstream press, if he was younger, handsome, built, a career man...

But screw them, this guy's awesome (Despite having a tribal tattoo and all).
Mofo- February 14, 2011 at 11:16 am
Really, you're gonna second guess this guy? If this had happened to you, I'm guessing you would have first yellow'd your tighty whiteys, then stood up and tried to kick him in the face only to find that your foot was already cut off.
Waxedpants- February 14, 2011 at 11:10 am
Oh the irony! A city where lunatics run amok stabbing people , bums use your doorstep for a toilet and you can get any kind of sex or drugs delivered to you within 30 minutes but sanction MMA? That's too damaging to our society.
fACE7biter- February 14, 2011 at 10:51 am
Wow, didn't know this dude was into MMA. This whole thing was scary as fuck. The guys path of destruction moved from one side of Brooklyn to another before he got on a train for Manhattan. Dude went through my neighborhood at one point, and no one knew there was a guy running around randomly stabbing and running over people. Don't think this will help MMA legalization in NY though.
omunto- February 14, 2011 at 10:45 am
hahaaha @ Fried Taco. That comment made my morning.
FlashinLeather- February 14, 2011 at 10:41 am
I want knife boots to stop child rapists...
LOKI- February 14, 2011 at 10:32 am
Chuck Norris never gives 'MMA devotees' any burden to great for them to bare themselves.
Gendo- February 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

Its true. Thanks to the UFC I am awesome at laying in bed.