A Stockton, California, man proved this weekend that watching mixed martial arts does in fact make you a tough guy, and that pulling guard in a street fight can work. Our friends over at News 10 Stockton, have the story.
“Abel Simmons has been a huge fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for years. But never did he imagine that he would be using the moves to defend himself or his family from a carjacking suspect.
Simmons, 29, was able to stop and hold down his attacker until police came.
Simmons says his family was pulling up to their home on E. Jefferson Street Saturday night. They had just returned from watching a UFC fight.
They were in the driveway when a man came up and started pounding on the back window of their SUV. Then, the man tried opening the back door where Simmon’s sons – a newborn and a 2 year old – were sleeping. Fortunately, the door was locked.
Simmons, who was sitting in the passenger seat, jumped out out and tried to stop the man. His wife, who was driving, called 911.”
The alleged car jacker then punched Simmons in the face and that’s when shit got real. Simmons says he changed levels, wrapped his arms around the assailant’s legs, and took him down to the ground.
From there, the freaking guy went for an armbar. Turns out, Simmons was driving his family home from watching UFC 160 when the alleged perpetrator attempted to get into their car. Inspired by Cain Velasquez, Simmons got the take down, looked for the quick submission but the jacker slipped out. Ultimate Dad didn’t have his position secure before he went for the submission.
Simmons then says he transitioned to a rear naked choke but the wily car jacking veteran once more displayed impressive submission defense and worked free. In defense of his family, however, Simmons would not be denied and he then latched onto a front head lock, worked it into a guillotine choke grip and pulled guard.
Help from neighbors and police arrived with Simmons in full control of his alleged attacker’s neck and body. Simmons demonstrates the technique he first saw on television then mimicked on the street in the video above and you’ll notice that he actually does a good job of cutting an angle to finish the choke, instead of pulling straight back as many do.
Then, Simmons put the Stockton stamp on the dude by talking smack to him as he went out. “Looks like you’ll be going to jail tonight,” he said.
Get this guy six months of sprawl training, and I think the UFC has a new contender. First things first, though, Nick and Nate Diaz need to go visit this fellow Stockton soldier and give him his props.