Mayura Dissanayake had a little surprise for a pair of thugs who dared to mug one of his co-workers outside the Houston, Texas gas station where Mayura works behind the cash register.
When these two would-be robbers launched their assault, they clearly had no idea that they guy behind the counter inside the gas station was a national mixed martial arts champion in his native country of Sri Lanka.
The feel-good beatdown happened on July 10 and security video of Dissanayake dispatching the brazen bad guys with a series of precision punches and kicks, learned from a decade of training in the art of cage fighting, earned the clerk at Fuel Depot, off Interstate 45 in Houston, some well-deserved local celebrity — and the nickname “Karate Clerk.”
As seen in the local news report above, the altercation began when Dissanayake was indoors behind the cash register that afternoon when his co-worker came back to the station from a trip to the bank — carrying a bag that at least appeared to be stuffed with cash.
That made the man a prime target for muggers who apparently lay in wait for him and attacked as soon as the man got out of his car.
As soon as Dissanayake saw what was going on, he sprang into action.
“The first guy I saw, I just kicked him in the face,” the normally mild-mannered MMA fighter told a local news station. “Then I punched the other guy.”
Indeed he did. As the “Karate Clerk” made sure that the first robber — who turned out to be 33-year-old Odell Mathis — was immobilized, the crook’s partner scrambled for safety, getting back in his vehicle.
But watch what happens when the second man gets back out of the vehicle and makes a move to try to rescue his partner in crime. All it took was for Dissanayake to take few steps in the man’s direction for the thug to think better of it, and run back to the vehicle and drive off.
The second man got away and remains wanted by police. But Smith was not so lucky.
“I just kicked him until he lays down on the floor, until he stopped moving,” Dissanayake said. “Because I wasn’t sure if he had a knife or a gun, so I wanted him to stop moving.”
The one-sided thrashing was reminiscent of an incident in Arizona earlier in the year when a punk tried to rob a convenience store, and punched the owner — not realizing that the man he assaulted was former special forces soldier. You can guess how that one went down, or just watch the video at this link.
As for Mayura Dissanayake, about a month later, he donned the gloves and got back into the ring, this time against an honest opponent in a real MMA match — and scored a first-round, 18-second knockout.