Jun 8, 2012 - To the victims of a Wednesday night
assault on the streets of Calgary, UFC middleweight Nick Ring was nobody familiar, just a guy coming out of
Starbucks. To their attackers, he was about to become a major problem.
started shortly after 9 p.m., when Ring emerged from a coffee shop to see a
group of teenagers attacking a teenage couple as they waited at a bus stop
across the street.
"It was a group of about ten guys and one girl who
were doing the assault, and the girl had the victim girl by the hair and was
kneeing her in the face," Ring told MMA Fighting. "The boyfriend was being held
back by some of these other thugs, basically watching his girlfriend get beat
up. He was trying his best to protect her, but he was getting beat up too. It
was a horrible thing to see."
According to Ring, this is not the kind of
thing one sees in Calgary. It’s not the kind of thing anybody wants to see,
either, which is why the 33-year-old Ring resolved to do something about it.
The attackers fled as Ring went across the street to
check on the victims, who were both "hysterical" and suffering from obvious
injuries, he said. Another man -- "a total stranger" -- had gotten out of his
car to help. He was the one who first suggested the idea of going after the
"He just said, ‘Hey, do you want to go get them?’ I said, ‘Yeah,
let’s get these guys right now.’ So we chased them down and caught
As they held on to the man they’d caught, Ring took out his cell
phone and called the police. Just then some other members of the group came by
to see if they couldn’t convince Ring and the other good samaritan to let their
"Yeah right," Ring said. "I was just like, no. He’s going to
jail. You guys are going to jail."
With their friend clearly captured,
the group apparently didn’t see any need to stick around and wait to see what
the police would say about the matter, so they took off running again. Ring, who
was still talking to the police on his cell phone, took off after
It is at this point that the alert reader might ask: Wait, doesn’t
Ring have a fight coming up soon? Is it really a great idea for him to go
running around after large groups of people at night, all while talking on his
And it’s true, Ring does have a bout with Court McGee scheduled for the UFC’s debut in Calgary at UFC 149 in just over a month. It’s also true that, were he
to call matchmaker Joe Silva and explain that he couldn’t fight on the hometown
event because he’d injured himself chasing violent youths through the streets,
it might not be a very pleasant conversation. But those fears didn’t enter into
his thinking, Ring said. Not until it was all over, anyway.
"When I saw
what was happening to those poor victims, I just wanted to make sure that those
guys got caught. I was not going to let them get away with that. It was not
going to happen. ...What I saw was one of the most cowardly acts I’ve ever seen,
and I’m not going to put up with it. If I ever have anything to say about that
sort of thing, I’m going to make sure that they get what’s coming to
Once cops arrived on the scene, a few of them did. Two teenage
boys and a teenage girl were arrested for the assault, according to the Calgary Herald. At least one of the victims
was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ring’s part in all
of it wasn’t any major act of heroism, he stressed, but it was one of
obligation. It was the least a pro fighter could do to put his skills to good
use, he said, and it was what he hoped others would do for him and for each
"Calgary is a very low crime area. We don’t see this kind of stuff
happen very often. ...When it does happen, it’s a big shock to everybody. That’s
exactly what makes this a good city, is that stuff like this doesn’t happen very
often. In order to keep it that way, we have to do something when we see stuff
like that. Because it might not be you that’s being victimized this time, but
next time it could be."