Subway hero at UFC 128

CHRIS DOUCETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY — The Prudential Center’s practice arena was packed Friday afternoon with thousands of fight fans and one hero from Philly.

While taking in the weigh-ins on the eve of UFC 128, The Douce bumped into Joe Lozito, who earned the “subway hero” monicker last month after subduing a man on a New York subway who had been on a murderous rampage.

“I’m doing okay,” Lozito said, as he left the arena with his wife Andrea, and their sons.

“It could have been worse,” the 40-year-old added. “I’m just glad to be alive.”

In truth, I didn’t recognize the big guy at first, despite the numerous fresh scars on his shaved head. It was his boys, Joseph, 10, and Dominic, 7, who caught my eye.

Both were sporting the trademark hair-style of Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell.

The fresh haircuts were only fitting considering a day earlier the Lozito family marched in New York’s St. Paddy's Day parade with the Legendary UFC fighter.

For those who missed the story, a man who had allegedly killed four people and seriously wounded five others attacked Lozito as he rode the subway to work.

Lozito lunged at the accused killer, took him down and disarmed him with help from other passengers. But he was stabbed numerous times in the head and shoulder in the process.

He later admitted he had attempted a single leg takedown, a move he learned from years of watching the UFC.

UFC boss Dana White was so impressed by the story that he invited the Lozito family to be his special guests for UFC 128.

The much anticipated event is the capper on a huge couple of weeks for the UFC.

The MMA company inked a four-year deal with Sportsnet, bought Strikeforce, and on Friday announced B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch have agreed, verbally at least, to a re-match at UFC 132 on July 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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