MMA-trained clerk in Houston fights off robbers

HOUSTON, Tex. (KPRC) — Mayura Dissanayaka was behind the counter when he noticed his co-worker return to the store after a run to the bank. Men in a SUV were watching too because they went straight for Mayura’s co-worker and the bank bag as soon as he got out of his car.

Mayura ran outside and before the two robbers even saw him it was already too late. “The first guy I saw, I just kicked him in the face… then I punched the other guy,” said Mayura

Mayura used moves he learned from cage matches. He’s trained in mixed martial arts for more than a decade and was named the MMA national champion for 5 consecutive years in his native country of Sri Lanka.

In seconds the bad guys begin their retreat. The getaway car moving further away. “They were waiting for them,” said Mayura, “but when they were running back, I caught one guy with a hook, so he fell down… so they just left him.”

Surveillance video shows one of the robbers going back for his accomplice and friend but decided against it when Mayura moves towards him. In the end they left the guy and just as he does in the ring Mayura put him in submission while he waited for police, “I wasn’t sure if he had like a knife or a gun so I wanted him to stop moving.”

Police arrested the man identified as 33-year-old Odell Mathis. His partner and the driver got away but customers of the Fuel Depot still call this a feel good story. At the very least a feel good story for everyone not on the end of Mayura’s kicks.

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