Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NEWS: UFC fan uses guillotine choke to hold off attempted carjacker after watching UFC 160

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Stockton, Calif., is the home of UFC fighters Nick and Nate Diaz, but another Stocktonian made the news for his MMA moves over the weekend. Abel Simmons was returning home from watching UFC 160 with his family when he used a guillotine to hold off a man who was attacking his family. Simmons' two children were in the backseat of his SUV when the family car pulled into their driveway. A man walked up to the car and started banging on the windows, and then tried to open the door. Simmons, who was in the passenger seat, got out and scuffled with the man until he had him in a guillotine.
"I had him in a guillotine choke. And he wasn't getting out of that. I had that lock really tight," said Simmons. "I just held him in place and said, 'Well, guess you are going to jail tonight buddy.'"
Simmons' wife called 911. When the police arrived, the man tried fighting them, as well. He was arrested for attempted carjacking, battery and resisting arrest.

Watching UFC fights is not meant to be educational, but at least Simmons did learn something from tuning into Saturday's bouts. Now, if you've watched a few fights and haven't had any kind of training, you probably shouldn't go patrolling the streets looking to stop injustice with a choke hold. But it's nice to know that watching fights helped one family stay safe. The same can't be said for people who tuned into the basketball playoffs this weekend.

Here's a link to News10's video:

Not sure of all the details and possibilities as the situation unfolded, I wasn't there so I'm just armchair quaterbacking but here are some of my thoughts:

  • Ecstatic Abel Simmons and his family are safe and their car wasn't stolen!
  • It may have been tactically safer to drive off as the Carjacker approached the car
  • The Simmons family was coming home after the UFC was over, perhaps it was late (what's the time difference between Las Vegas and California?), but honking the horn to attract attention may have made the Carjacker bolt. The neighbors should understand given the situation
  • Simmons went for an armbar, a rear naked choke and finally finished with a guillotine - lucky the Carjacker didn't pull a knife while Simmons was looking to grapple with him as the Carjacker slipped out of the armbar, squirmed out of the RNC, and shank Simmons as the Guillotine was applied
  • Simmons was a Warrior who stepped up when needed, but there may have been tactically safer options of Self-Defense in that situation!
  • Congratulations Abel Simmons!



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