Attempting an armed robbery is always a bad idea. Attempting an armed robbery on an MMA gym with the words “Fighters Made Here” emblazoned on the door ranks among the dumbest decisions a person can make. Yet that’s just what somebody did on Tuesday night, in Burbank, California.
The would-be robber’s target was Defiant MMA and Fitness. He entered the gym with a handgun, which he pointed at instructors and students. Unfortunately, he then encountered Jacobe Powell, an instructor and pro fighter. Powell is reported to have knocked the gun out of the robber’s hand – though the blood visible on said Robber’s face in the video above suggests that’s not where Powell’s work ended.
“My instincts kicked in,” Powell told Fox 11 LA (h/t MMAJunkie.com). I used my judo training to go ahead and subdue him and got the weapon away from him before the cops arrived. One of my guys here who was training called the police, and I just subdued him until the police showed up.”
Hopefully, this video is enough to convince people that robbing an MMA gym is not a wise idea. In fact, probably better not to rob anyone.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/31/2017.