Last week, a scuffle at a Circle K gas station in Albuquerque, NM broke out after a store clerk confronted a customer suspected of shoplifting. The alleged thief pulled back to punch the clerk but was stopped short by another customer... who just so happened to be a mixed martial arts fighter.
Saul Elizondo is a professional MMA fighter who last fought at Bellator 143 back in September. He recently moved to Albuquerque to begin training at the famous Jackson Wink MMA Academy.
KRQE News 13 spoke to him about the incident.
"Honestly, it just happened so quickly. It was crazy," said Elizondo.
The bantamweight fighter was just making a routine stop for gas when he felt something was wrong. "Fighter instinct," he called it.
He stepped in when he felt the clerk was in danger.
"I rushed the guy and caught him from behind, " said Elizondo. "I kind of just like, took him down."
Elizondo said that he didn't want to hurt anyone, but he wasn't going to stand by and let him attack the people who work there. The entire incident was captured on the store's surveillance system.
As for the alleged shoplifter, Elizondo compared him to the guys he trains and fights in the Octagon.
"It felt weird training with all these monsters here and grabbing this guy here felt like grabbing a little child, like I was playing with a little kid."
Elizondo has been fighting professionally for the past six years.