Watch: Former UFC Fighter Felipe Colares Subdues Alleged Thief in Rio de Janeiro

Featherweight fighter Felipe Colares used his jiu-jitsu skills to detain a man allegedly robbing a woman

Felipe Colares
Courtesy of @felipecabocaoufc on Instagram

Former UFC featherweight competitor Felipe Colares put his skills to work outside of the cage in order to stop a thief. 

Sharing his story and a video of the incident on social media, Colares was witnessed holding down an alleged thief who was attempting to steal a phone from a woman in Rio de Janeiro.

“I went back to my car and went to the woman to check the situation, and indeed it was a robbery,” Colares wrote on Instagram. “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.”

The man that Colares detained claimed to be the ex of the woman he was allegedly robbing. “Don’t call [the cops], man,” a bystander can be heard saying in the clip. “Let’s throw him at a ditch right there.” 

Felipe Colares Does Not Recommend Putting Yourself in a Potentially Dangerous Situation Without Proper Training

Felipe Colares was able to use his extensive Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to control the man until authorities arrived. Despite his own intervention, Colares does not suggest putting yourself into a potentially dangerous situation without proper preparation.

“I don’t recommend unprepared people to do that,” he wrote, “but today I became one percent better.”

Colares (10-4-0) last competed inside the Octagon in May, suffering a third-round submission loss against Chase Hooper. He was released from the promotion shortly after, having gone 2-4 under the UFC banner between 2019 and 2022. Colares had earned victories over Domingo Pilarte and Luke Sanders before back-to-back losses resulted in his release last year. 

Colares is scheduled for a return to action on February 12 for the Ares FC promotion where he will square off with 11-3 fighter Alioune Nahaye.

Published on January 26, 2023 at 10:18 am
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