I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that spent my childhood reading comics and wishing I had hella cool superpowers I could use to thwart crime. Naturally, I soon discovered that tying a blanket around your neck and jumping off the top bunk of your bunk bed does not in fact allow you to fly. In fact, the only thing it does is create some very pissed off parents who were none too impressed with having to take their child to the emergency room for stitches. Parents, what do they know.
However, it seems that one enterprising young gentleman has decided to up the ante and enter into the glamorous world of civilian vigilantism. If this plot sounds familiar, then maybe you just watched the move Kick-Ass. However, for Seattle’s Ben Fodor this was his thing. Apparently, Fodor patrolled the streets of Seattle fighting crime in a full costume (which I hate to admit looks pretty bad-ass) going by the moniker of “Phoenix jones. “
Turns out our friendly neighborhood superhero is in fact an aspiring mixed martial artist. Mixedmartialarts.com shows Fodor to have gone 11-0 as an amateur with Sherdog showing his professional record stands at 1-0. Not surprising, the police do not exactly condone this sort of thing and the Seattle PD seem to have concern of a growing movement of superheroes in their city.
From The Smoking Gun:
As reported by police, Fodor “belongs to a group who refer to themselves as superheroes,” and has “had a history of injecting himself in these incidents.” Recently, cops added, “there have been increased reports of citizens being pepper sprayed” by Fodor and his delusional companions. Although Fodor “has been advised to observe and report incidents to 911, he continues to try and resolve things on his own.”
It should be noted that the Phoenix Jones Facebook page references that he is the leader of the “Rain City Superhero Movement.” Of course, it sort of forgets to mention that he’s not exactly striking fear into the hearts of criminals.
Phoenix Jones may be out of commission following the police’s confiscation of his costume. But the mild mannered Ben Fodor should not be disheartened. After all, heroics seems to be something that is becoming common place with MMA fighters.
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