Midnight Mania! Former UFC Featherweight Wrangles Would-Be Thief

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Former UFC Featherweight Felipe Colares found himself involved in an altercation on Wednesday (Jan. 25, 2023) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Allegedly, a man was attempting to steal a phone and assaulted a woman in the process, prompting Colares to intervene with his jiu-jitsu skills.

There are photos and video of the incident from Colares’ Instagram above. In the post, Colares can be seen taking the back, knee on belly, and mount positions against the alleged thief, though it’s important to note that Colares is not seen throwing any strikes, and there’s no visible damage to either man.

“I went back to my car and went to the woman to check the situation, and indeed it was a robbery,” Colares wrote (H/T, translation via MMAFighting). “My friends and I went back to the car and saw the man. After noticing he was unarmed, we intervened and managed to pin the robber using jiu-jitsu techniques.”

Colares added, “today we have one less robber in the streets.” He also wrote, “I don’t recommend unprepared people to do that, but today I became one percent better.”

Colares was on the UFC roster from 2019-2022. He lost four of his six fights inside the Octagon, suffering a final loss to Chase Hooper in May 2022. In his first fight since his UFC stint, Colares is expected to debut in Ares FC against Alioune Nahaye on February 17.


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