UFC fighter Nick Ring came to the rescue of a pair of people in distress late Wednesday night with the aid of other concerned onlookers who saw the situation unfold. In south Calgary around 94 avenue and Macleod Trail, Ring and others witnessed a gang of ten men and women surrounding and threatening a young woman and her boyfriend at a bus stop. The attackers were attempting to grab the woman's backpack and her boyfriend was valiantly doing his best to protect her.
When Ring, 6'1" and 190 pounds, and some other men approached the group, the assailants scattered into the night but not before one of them was collared by Ring with the help of another brave man. Soon after the arrival of the police many of the culprits, who were still nearby, were apprehended.
Ring's Facebook page has exploded as of late with encouragement and pats on the back as the news of his heroic deeds have spread across the world among friends and followers. Newspapers across town and across the continent have picked up on the story. His actions, although possibly a little self-endangering, were really just an honest reaction to help out other people in distress.
Enjoying an evening visit to Starbucks, as he often does, Ring saw the group of young men and women attacking the couple as he was about to leave the area, driving by in his car. The victims were both battered and bloody but did not sustain serious injury. According to the Calgary Sun, three youths have been charged with assault and the police are still on the lookout for one other attacker.
This is not the first time that a professional mixed martial artist has stepped in to help a victim of crime. In New Jersey, UFC light heavyweight fighter Jon Jones and his trainers took the time the night before his title fight at UFC 128 against Mauricio Rua to detain a petty thief who had smashed a car window and stolen items within until police arrived.
In a video on a webpage provided by The Calgary Herald, Ring asserted that he was simply an ordinary citizen and when he saw the young couple in distress, it was simply a matter of "watching out for your fellow citizens..." Help out your fellow man," says Ring, "as you would like to be helped out yourself."
Ring will be facing Court McGee at the Saddledome in Calgary next month at UFC 149.