Canadian UFC fighter rescues couple from mob

UFC fighter Nick Ring broke up a mob beating up a couple in Calgary Wednesday night. (LYLE...

UFC fighter Nick Ring broke up a mob beating up a couple in Calgary Wednesday night. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency file photo)

NADIA MOHARIB, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

CALGARY - Seeing a young couple swarmed by a group of "wannabe gangsters," Calgary UFC star Nick Ring was up for a fight.

And two fellow Good Samaritans were on his side.

Ring was leaving a local Starbucks Wednesday night when he saw the pair being attacked at a bus stop.

"It was like a scene right out of a movie," said the 33-year-old who goes by Nick (The Promise) Ring in the Octagon.

"She was kneeling on the ground, her hair was being pulled and being kneed in the face."

At the same time, her boyfriend was being assaulted, both getting bloody injuries in the process.

Ring said seeing the pair outnumbered -- police later identifying four offenders -- prompted him to jump into action.

And the middleweight wasn't alone.

"They were wannabe rappers, wannabe gangsters (and) two people who were completely defenceless," he said.

"It was sickening."

While a fellow crime-fighting stranger took an offender to the ground, Ring called police and chased others as they fled.

He lost them and returned to help subdue the suspect.

One invited him to a fight as cops took over.

"He said 'I'll take you on anytime,' " Ring said.

"I've been training for 18 years, as long as those punks have been alive -- 'Anytime, buddy.' "

Ring said catching criminals is "stressful," and he'll stick to his day job but he was happy to see justice done, applauding the efforts of fellow citizens.

"Without their help (the suspects) would have got away Scott-free and that's not right," he said.

Ring, Calgary's only UFC fighter, is in good company.

Fellow UFCer Jon (Bones) Jones chased a purse-snatcher he held for police the night before his light-heavyweight title shot against Mauricio (Shogun) Rua.

Perhaps the good karma pays off for Ring -- who is preparing for UFC's Calgary debut on July 21 -- as it did for his colleague who went on to win the championship.

Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said the victims were at a bus stop when an altercation was allegedly sparked over "a dirty look."

One female assaulted another and the fight was on.

Three youths are charged with assault, a fourth sought.

He said police urge citizens to be a witnesses, rather than getting involved, but understands people react when they feel they are put in position to "do the right thing."

"In this case, the quick intervention probably resulted in far less injuries and ... arrests," he said.

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