When two armed robbers attempted to rob a Little Buddy Fuel Depot in July of 2014, they didn’t count on the fact that the man at the cashier’s desk was a five-time Sri-Lankan national MMA champion.
Mayura Dissanayake was 24 at the time and had progressed from competing in regional amateur bouts through to India’s leading promotion, Super Fight League.
From his vantage point behind the till, Dissanayake spotted two thugs getting out of a SUV and attacking his co-worker, who had just returned from the bank with a sack full of cash.
CCTV footage showed what happened next as Dissanayake rushed out to help his grounded colleague and immediately went to town on the two robbers, dropping one with a kick to the head, then his burly accomplice with a right hand, followed by ground and pound strikes.
As the melee continued the robbers began to retreat back to their SUV and then fled the scene, but not before Dissanayake gave chase and knocked down a third member of the gang, 33-year-old Odell Mathis, with a right hook and then landed several kicks to ensure he would be going nowhere until the police arrived.
Mathis was later sentenced to 20-years in prison for ‘Robbery with Bodily Injury’, while footage of Dissanayake’s heroic actions quickly went viral and racked up millions of views on YouTube.