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New York City fighter saves lives with jiu-jitsu skills. (Photos)

In late July, MMA fighter Ro Malabanan pinned a homeless man who was allegedly attacking random people in Manhattan’s Soho district. According to footage and commentary shared on his Instagram, the incident occurred as Malabanan walked out of a subway station near Broadway and saw two men approaching him. According to Malabanan in one of the videos, a third man, the alleged suspect, “suckered punched” one of the men in the side of the face in front of the fighter. Malabanan continued by checking on the victim and telling him to call the cops. Malabanan explained that within moments, two more people pulled up and claimed the suspect had been punching people as he walked down Broadway. One of those people suggested that they intervene to stop the assailant. “All right, I’m down,” Malabanan said. He chased after the alleged assailant, who was already a block away, and his “jiu-jitsu instinct just kicked in,” he explained. According to the New York Post, Malabanan holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a yellow belt in judo. “I leaped onto his back. “He tried to swing me off at that point, but for those of you who don’t know, a seat belt position dragged him down to the floor, and I immediately took his back and pinned him on the ground,” Malabanan continued in the video. “It all happened in less than a minute.” According to the fighter, he checked the suspect’s pockets to ensure he was not carrying any weapons. According to Malabanan’s report, while he was pinning the suspect, a number of other people approached and claimed they had also been punched by the man. Some of those people attempted to attack the suspect, but Malabanan claims he told them all to call the cops instead. “That’s bullsh*t bro, you still don’t punch people in the f*cking face for no reason,” Malabanan can be heard saying in another video, in response to the suspect’s claim that someone was “walking into [him].” (SEE ALSO: Award-Winning Actor Dev Patel Ends Knife Fight) According to the New York Post, the suspect punched a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy in the head during his initial investigation. According to Malabanan, at least six people were victims of the individual. Malabanan told the New York Post that he is frequently harassed in New York City because of his Asian heritage. According to the outlet, while his professional fighting career was halted due to concussions, he is now a martial arts and boxing instructor as well as a hopeful actor.