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Why did the MMA fighter’s video go viral?

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Ro Malabanan: Why did the MMA fighter’s video go viral?

The martial artist pinned the attacker to the ground and stayed on the guy until police arrived.

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On July 27, MMA fighter Ro Malabanan, 44, a Filipino-American, stopped a brutal attack on a construction worker on his way to work in New York City in a video that has since gone viral online. The warrior is celebrated as a “hero” by all online users.

Malabanan, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a yellow belt in judo, witnessed the attacker, later identified as 28-year-old Samuel Frazier, beating up a construction worker in Manhattan’s SoHo shopping district. This led to the incident. “I just got off the subway and I was on Broadway and Prince on my way to work,” he allegedly claimed. “A third person appeared out of nowhere and just hit one of the guys and punched him sideways in the face.” Malabanan later described the incident on his Instagram page. “My jiu-jitsu instincts just kicked in,” he said. I jumped onto his back. At this point he tried to swing me away, but for those of you in the know, the seat belt position was pulling him to the ground and I quickly grabbed his back and pinned him there. The martial arts expert then stayed on the suspect until police arrived.

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Social media users praised his bravery, and numerous people called him a hero for rescuing the victim. You’re a superhero, said one person, while another claimed you did well and looked good doing it.

Love it!, read a tweet. Glad he was discovered. Ro Malabanan is amazing and brave. Great admiration for New York vigilante Ro Malabanan, wrote another. I’m thankful for Good Samaritans like him because the city never does enough to get these pesky people off the streets. Greetings and thanks to him

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Ro Malabanan: who is he?

Malabanan grew up in New York as he was born in the Philippines. When he was nine, he moved to the United States with his family. He is currently a boxing instructor and jiu-jitsu student in New York. He began practicing martial arts after, according to Yahoo! encountered racial discrimination.

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