A group of Russian thugs had the wrong guy, because a few of them landed on the ground by a professional boxer and martial arts expert.
The thugs immediately fell to the the ground as Nicolai Vlasenko attacked them one by one, according to Examiner. It looked like a movie, but this was real action. Apparently, Russian thugs were harassing Vlasenko’s wife and learned the hard way.
There were a few surveillance cameras that captured the moment. Three guys walk up and were hit in the throat, one by one, falling to the ground. The rest of the group stayed back, realizing they probably picked the wrong guy to fight, which was a smart move.
The Russian thugs and the wrong guy were in a bar, of all places, before the altercation took place. The married couple were out with some friends in the town of Starokorsunskaya, in south Russia. When the 29-year-old told the men to leave his wife alone, the apparent leader, Leonti Yevdokimov, 33, suggested that they continue the discussion outside. A witness said the men went down like bowling pins.
“There were at least ten of them, led by the two who thought they were real big shots. One of them took off his shirt and started squaring up to the boxer, and I don’t think he even knew what hit him when he went down like a bowling pin. A second man tried to kick the boxer and he was floored instantly as well. Then a third man joined in, and he was left staggering and on the point of collapsing after taking three blows to the head and not landing once himself.”
That’s when the bodies hit the floor. The men are said to be part of a local gang which has been blamed for a rise in petty crime in the small Russian town. The men learned their lesson as others ran out to calm the disturbance.
CCTV cameras outside the bar show how the rest of the group back away after the first three are knocked out cold, instead rushing to the aide of the floored thugs, according to FOX News.
While the Russian thugs and the wrong guy fought for a bit, the Russian gang decided to hire a lawyer and file a complaint with the local police. The group says it was attacked by the professional boxer and martial arts expert. But police have said they are taking no action after the CCTV images showed that the man was clearly acting in self defense.
Police said the video reveals the the professional boxer and martial arts expert was on his own as the aggressive thugs went after him. The lawyer for Vlasenko released a statement.
“My client wasn’t prepared to allow them to harass his wife. He was prepared to discuss it in a reasonable manner, but when they resorted to force than he was forced to defend himself with inevitable consequences.”
Vlasenko was in the restroom when the thugs were bothering his wife. When he asked the Russian thugs to leave her alone, they became more aggressive. That’s when the professional boxer suggested they walk outside.
Nicolai Vlasenko has studied mixed martial arts (MMA), which is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques. It’s probably how the Russian thugs were thrown to the ground because the sport teaches a variety of other combat positions in the martial arts. Various mixed-style contests take place throughout the world in the league.
The fights are brutal, enough that the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill in 1983 which prohibited the sport. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The athletes train throughout the year to compete, which is how the Russian thugs got the wrong guy when they thought he was just some ordinary person.
The more dangerous vale-tudo-style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world featuring most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. Based in the United States, the UFC produces events worldwide. The organization showcases nine weight divisions and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The UFC promotes a brand of MMA which is self-acknowledged as “not just a sporting event; it is also entertainment and theater. The fighters are athletes and performers both.”
The UFC has held over 250 events to date. Dana White serves as the president of the UFC while brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta control the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, LLC.
Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with few rules. Later, fighters employed multiple martial arts into their style while promoters adopted additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport. The first documented use of the name mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg, in 1993.
The “Russian thugs wrong guy” story is hilarious, and one that will probably teach the thugs to never harass anyone again, notes the Irish Independent. It’s remarkable that one single man can scare 12 thugs after they threatened him. Another witness said it “was like a scene out of an action movie.”