Fil-Am MMA fighter Ro Malabanan subdues attacker in New York City

Filipino-American martial artist Ro Malabanan subdued a homeless man after it assaulted six men on his way to work. (Photos: Ro Malabanan/Instagram)
Filipino-American martial artist Ro Malabanan subdued a homeless man after it assaulted six men on his way to work. (Photos: Ro Malabanan/Instagram)

Filipino American mixed martial artist (MMA) Ro Malabanan blocked a violent attack on six men while on his way to work in New York City on Wednesday (July 27).

According to reports, the homeless man, identified as 28 year-old Samuel Frazier, had already assaulted six men when he stopped and subdued him.

“I just got out of the subway and I was on Broadway and Prince, heading to work and two guys who were walking towards me, a third guy showed up out of nowhere, just sucker punched one of the guys and punched him on the side of his face,” Malabanan said.

A black-belter in jiu jitsu, Malabanan said that his instinct as a martial artist kicked in and he immediately subdued the man from further assaulting the men.

“And the guy that punched him in the face was walking towards me, and I got my eye on him to make sure obviously he doesn’t try anything on me so he passed me,” he said.

“I jumped on his back, he tried to swing me off then, but a seatbelt position dragged him down to the floor and I immediately took his back and pinned him to the ground,” Malabanan added.

Afterwards, he said that he checked his hands to make sure that he doesn’t have any lethal weapon with him and locked both his hands so “that forced me to pin him to the ground,” said Malabanan.

Meanwhile, he cautioned others to be on the lookout especially when walking in the streets, as hate crimes are still on the rise in the United States.

“They will sucker punch you, they will take out their frustrations … Some people out there [are] just looking for a reason to cause trouble,” he said.

He also said that those with knowledge of self-defense must be on alert and not engage the attacker, and just neutralize them and call authorities.

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