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WTF?! Video of the Day: Wannabe Superhero “Phoenix Jones” One-Punches Drunk Dude Under Police Supervision


(“Can you guys hurry this up? My Mom…I mean The Phoenix signal is calling.”)

If you are an MMA fan, a comic book fan, or just a really lonely guy, then you’ve probably heard the story of Phoenix Jones a.k.a Ben Fodor, the amateur MMA fighter/”superhero” that according to his Wikipedia page “is an American leader of a ten-member citizen crime-prevention patrol group who call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement.” So basically, a bunch of dudes who never met a Friday night they couldn’t squander formed a neighborhood watch group and dressed in cosplay. Because as we all know, the best way to be taken seriously is to dress up like a bumblebee and hand out life lessons to the drunks who happen to stumble out of the bars each night.

In any case, the world’s least anonymous superhero encountered one such drunk last weekend. After informing the police of the situation, Fodor challenged the drunken fellow to “mutual combat,” which is apparently a law dictating that if two parties have expressed an equal desire to fight one another, they can do so without the threat of legal action as long as neither participant uses unreasonable force. Awesome.

I’ve watched this video five times since it was passed along to us and I still don’t know what to make of it. All I’ve taken away from it is that Washington State easily has the coolest police force I’ve ever encountered.

Although you can skip ahead to the 6:40 mark for the actual fight, I’d suggest you watch the entire video for some context. It begins with the sane member of Drunk Dude’s crew questioning Fodor on the legality of whatever he has just done, which I’m guessing involved pepper spray. Fodor responds by saying that he “can do whatever he wants,” which should raise some concerns about this man’s state of mind right away. This is when Drunk Dude steps in and completely absorbs all the negative qualities about Fodor in one fell swoop, opting to mutter racial slurs in between “Come at me, bro” poses with effortless vitriol. The police arrive around the 2:30 mark to sort things out and ultimately decide that letting these two morons throw down would probably be in humanity’s best interest. Like I said, awesome.

But it isn’t until these two decide to square off that everyone realizes how screwed Drunk Dude truly is. Fodor may be a delusional schizophrenic with a God complex, but the man can throw a freakin’ beautiful leg kick. So much so that after about three or four of said kicks, Drunk Dude is pretty much ready to call it a day. But because we know leg kicks don’t finish (street) fights, Fodor makes sure to put Drunk Dude’s lights out with a straight right, possibly after he had already called quitsies. And with that, Seattle’s wannabe dark knight retreats into the darkness.

Now to be clear, I am not taking Drunk Dude’s side in this, because he and his ghetto-speaking, take-my-shirt-off-at-the-mention-of-a-fight friend were asking for a worse ass-kicking than they actually received. But I can’t say that I appreciate the idea of some self-righteous looney tune deciding that he is the new Sheriff in town either. This isn’t Vietnam, Smokey, there are rules here. And while Ben appears to know his way around the law, he also “has a history of injecting himself in these incidents” as the SeattlePi put it when he was arrested a little over a year ago for pepper spraying a group of people involved in an alleged fight. Just watch this video of that incident and tell me that this guy doesn’t add to the problems he is supposedly trying to solve. After you stop laughing, of course.

I’m sure Fodor has been responsible for actual resolving/averting a crisis or two in his day, but does anyone else think the necessity of his antics should be called into question when he becomes responsible for more police reports than he helps thwart? Should I be ridiculed for even questioning the legitimacy of a man who dresses up in a costume to fight crime? Is this real life? Anyone?

-J. Jones

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lcaia1606- November 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm
Do mutual combat laws take into consideration one's physical/emotional state (intoxicated vs. sober) to enter into this type of agreement? It would seem like the police would bear some responsibility if they allowed an obvious mismatch to occur.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm
@Rsparrow he has a 15-2 mma record actually
RSparrow- November 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm
My bad, same response though brotha
LB_Fargo- November 15, 2012 at 11:08 am
what a fucking loser.. and hey thanks for wasting my time with this bullshit article.. This guy would get his fucking ass kicked pulling that shit on someone who knows how to scrap and isnt wasted.. that coward backed down like a bitch
holeeball- November 15, 2012 at 11:07 am
One day this Phoenix idiot will end up shot dead in an alley and then what??
Who'll protect us from all the wrongdoers then?
holeeball- November 15, 2012 at 11:05 am
MMA vs RANDOM DRUNKARD

Legit
IronClad- November 15, 2012 at 10:53 am
little doggy no shirt barking at the end LOOOOOLZ. What at cluster fuck of douche all around.
cman- November 15, 2012 at 10:50 am
Mutual combat laws (Texas has a version) generally state that it all good unless a weapon is used or if you follow the opponent to the ground or hit a downed opponent. Plus the follow up fight potentially offered other legal issues since it cant escalate (become a riot)
I dunno how this started, sounds like the idiots were already fighting. But the punch was legit legally, if orange took a knee it was over. He didn't, he got popped.
Otherwise, kids in afganastan via drones? How much of a tool must you be to make that leap? Seriously.
NomadRip- November 15, 2012 at 9:40 am
He didn't actually finally agree to fight him even after he used the racial slur. He agreed to fight when the drunk said he was going to follow him home. According to the notes and his wife, "Purple Reign" :-D

Mutual Combat law is the best law in this country.
LB_Ben- November 15, 2012 at 9:22 am
Did anyone else notice that "Rain City Superhero Movement" spells "RaCiSM" without the vowels??? Just sayin', they should probably work on that name...
BaghdadBob- November 15, 2012 at 8:40 am
yet more handwringing from CP. Give it a rest.
knucklesamitch- November 15, 2012 at 7:37 am
And some people say Brock and Chael are bad for the sport ... psssshhh.
MitchDeCoste- November 15, 2012 at 7:36 am
I'd love to see some pro mma fighters dress up as villains and go start some shit. Imagine Brock lesnar in a Mexican wrestling mask running around calling Phoenix out.
holeeball- November 15, 2012 at 7:03 am
White guy ready to shake hands.
Black guy ready to fight.

Thanks for perpetuating the stereotype.
roachtbp- November 15, 2012 at 5:32 am
Fat drunk dude wanted to fight anyway - he can't bitch because he got his ass kicked in a fight he wanted. And like I said, you can't call time-out in a street fight. Fat drunk dude is a bitch.
roachtbp- November 15, 2012 at 5:24 am
I think drunk dude had it coming. I enjoyed seeing him get his ass kicked. And you can't call 'time-out' in a street fight. I think the last punch by Fodor was legit - it's freaking street fight!!!!!!! You can't call time-out just because you're getting your ass kicked.
Clyde- November 15, 2012 at 5:15 am
Way to protect his secret identity, CP. Although he's not doing a great job on his own...
RSparrow- November 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Anyone in a costume is looking for attention. Agreed? The dude has a 4-0 ammy record in mma btw. He's honestly instigating fights on the street... This real life "super hero" is a douchebag looking for trouble. Sure he knows how to scrap, but how rewarding can it be? Obviously he's not cool enough to act normal and have a good time like the rest of us. If this fuck tried the same things in Houston TX, things would be much, much different for him.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Personally, I think its funnier then shit. Jones aka Fodor tried walking about and they kept stalking him and his crew of supa hero's. I believe stalking someone down a street or two is harassment to some extent at least. I also love how the dude thought he had a chance, and besides who gives a fuck if his hands were down? He said he wanted to fight so he got to fight, he just didn't know mother fucker was a 15-2 amateur fighter with some insane skill who's brother fights for Strikeforce. Sometimes the only way a drunk mother fuckers gonna learn is through getting knocked the fuck out, and excuse me for siding with Jones but I'd rather he knock drunkies out then let them drive and kill a minivan full of kids or themselves.
Colin Timberlake- November 15, 2012 at 3:52 am
I haven't seen the complete recorded works of Phoenix Jones and company, but from this video it just looks like he has found a loophole to legally use mixed martial arts on the street, and against competition that is both handicapped by alcohol and easy pickings skillwise.

Put simply, if we were watching a movie, I think Batman or Spiderman would have avoided the kicking and punching and just tied this drunk guy to the post of a street lamp with a note for the cops (without bothering to hurt him).

I've seen this video, and then one of Phoenix Jones running into a small melee (quite possibly interrupting someone else's 'mutual combat') and pepper spraying the living hell out of everyone.

If Phoenix Jones really wants to do some pure good without making things worse in several situations or having things play out as comedy, he should wear his outfit and be a volunteer lifeguard on the shoreline, or a volunteer firefighter, or wear his outfit and donate tons of blood.

Pepper spraying a crowd and beating up a noisy drunk wouldn't have made for a great script for The Dark Knight Rises.

It would still be better than "Batman and Robin" though.
Colin Timberlake- November 15, 2012 at 3:43 am
It makes for some funny moments...

But if Phoenix Jones and company didn't want this to end up in "mutual combat," they would have kept walking.

They walked about 40 or 50 feet away, and then stopped right there for a couple minutes to give the drunks time to inch closer, all the while declaring that they had walked away and then quietly encouraging the drunks to come closer.

I wouldn't really have had a problem if the cop had tazed every single one of these bro's, street clothes and Wacthmen costumes alike.
PingPong- November 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm
@Shonuff, I also think the only quote that applies here, is a Gandhi quote.

Also how is this guy a racist when his best friend and protector is clearly Armenian(or possibly Persian)?
beef_kurtains- November 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Dude wears a silly costume when he gets in scraps. So what. I'd love to see Ben drop the hammer on "J. Jones". THAT would give me pleasure.
macreadysshack- November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm
Those are passable Thai kicks but nothing spectacular. One actual awesome Thai kick would've dropped that drunk dude - maybe sent him to the hospital. This is retarded all the way around. Me and my friends should go around beating the shit out of drunk meat heads and filming it. Then we could be rich like . . . erm, we could be famous like . . . Uhhh, we could be badass like . . . Huh. Nope, just retarded. Yeah, this guy is making a real difference in the world . . . his ego is getting bigger. Awesome.
The12ozCurls- November 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm
So when do all of us comment section folk strap on our Under-Roos and go fight some mutha fuckin crime? I will be free two weeks from next never. Just let me know what coffee shop to meet up at and I won't be there.
ArmFarmer- November 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm
I have to conclude that he is a bitch though, on the fact that he dropped dudes friend when he had his hands down, and then he's all "I do not agree to this" when that guy wants to fight. Plus I really wanted to see that guy get wrecked too, and he didn't deliver. Lame.
ArmFarmer- November 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Wait a sec.. so in one video, he's bum rushing a street fight,spraying everyone with pepper spray to break it up, and saying "don't fight in the streets". Then in this video he's saying "it's a mutual combat state, we can fight".. and proceeds to have a street fight and knocks a dude out cold when he has his hands down. I'm confused. I want to get behind this guy, but he seems to have his priorities confused. Just looks like an attention whore from what I see. Nice leg kicks though.
Sho Nuff- November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Drone strikes are awesome!

Phoenix Jones is pretty cool, too. Hey, be the change you want to see in the world.
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