A New York City man bit off more than he could chew when he ended up wrestling with an experienced martial artist.
Ro Malabanan is trained in boxing, judo, and Brazilian jiujitsu, and he used his skills to body an assailant who is accused of attacking people in Manhattan’s Soho shopping district last week.
Malabanan, 44, was making his way to a boxing class when he saw 28-year-old Samuel Frazier punch an individual “right in front of” him.
The jiu-jitsu black belt described seeing 28-year-old Samuel Frazier “sucker punch” a construction worker on his way to work.
After other witnesses said there were more victims, Malabanan and a group of men chased after Frazier.
The MMA fighter quickly turned the suspected criminal into a human rag doll.
Video from the incident below:
After Malabanan’s professional fighting career was derailed by concussions, he pivoted to working as a boxing and martial arts instructor.
The fighter said he teaches self-defense skills to New Yorkers concerned they’ll face a public attack similar to what witnesses described in this case.
“Just another day,” Malabanan said. “A lot of crazies out there in the streets right now so just please be careful. They will sucker-punch you. They will take out their frustrations.”
Malabanan has lived in New York City since immigrating from the Philippines at the age of 9. He told The Post he has often been harassed over his Asian heritage but has always been able to de-escalate the situation without fighting.
Only two people came forward to report their attacks to the police!
A New York Police Department investigation found that Frazier delivered “unprovoked” punches to two people on the street, including a 17-year-old boy. He faces two charges of assault.