A gas station clerk from Texas made headlines over the summer after he used his mixed martial arts skills to beat the living daylights out of three men who were trying to rob his co-worker.
Mayura Dissanayake, a five-time MMA champion in his native country of Sri Lanka, got a chance to put his training to the test when he saw the would-be robbers jump from an SUV and attack his co-worker who was carrying a bag of money from the bank, the New York Daily News reports.
A semi-professional fighter who has been training in MMA for more than 10 years, Dissanayake quickly ran out from the Houston Fuel Depot to the parking lot.
"The first guy I saw, I just kicked him in the face," he told KPRC-TV. "Then I punched the other guy.”
The July 10 incident was caught on the store’s surveillance camera. Footage (below) shows the suspects retreating to their getaway car and driving away, leaving one of the thieves, Odell Mathis, 33, behind on the ground.
"I just kicked him until he lays down on the floor," Dissanayake said. "Until he stopped moving cause I wasn't sure if he had a knife or a gun so I wanted him to stop moving.”
Mathis, who was suspected of other similar crimes, was arrested and charged with robbery with bodily injury, the TV station reports.
According to the Inquisitr, Dissanayake went back in the ring about a month later to fight in a real MMA match, and scored a first-round, 18-second knockout.