Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Try to Rob a Gas Station Staffed By a 5-time MMA Champion

It’s tough being a criminal, especially when like this team of would-be thieves in Houston, Texas, you pick the wrong target. It turns out the clerk at this gas station, Mayura Dissanyake, is not just a convenience store clerk — he’s also an accomplished MMA fighter.

Mr. Dissanyake, a five time national champion in his native Sri Lanka was manning the counter at the Fuel Depot on South Wayside near Interstate 45 on July 10th when he saw two men jump out of an SUV and attack his co-worker in attempt to grab the bank bag he was carrying.

Mr. Dissanayake ran outside and quickly sent one of the would-be bandits to the ground with a kick to the in the face and stunned the other bandit with a punch. He was eventually able to subdue one of the suspects, identified by police as 33-year-old Odell Mathis, but the second suspect and a driver fled in the SUV.

Mr. Mathis has been charged with robbery with bodily injury.

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