Michael Chandler Reveals That He Once Stopped A Man Running From Police
MMA Junkie reports that Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BFC) once stopped a suspect who was running away from police. He revealed the incident after his second-round submission victory over Rick Hawn (14-2 MMA, 6-2 BFC) at Bellator 85 last night at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif.
In November, he was in San Diego looking to go to dinner at a local restaurant while preparing for the fight (the first successful defense of his title). He said he was headed to “either Subway or Quiznos or something” when he heard commotion and saw a man running from police.
He said: “I turned around and saw this guy running. I chased after him, tripped him, grabbed him, picked him up, and put him on the ground. I put one of his arms behind his back. The cops then came and grabbed him.“
The police arrested the man and Chandler wasn’t even thanked. In fact, he was ignored while the arrest happened, so he left.
He added: “I think the guy had punched a cop or something. A police report never came out or whatnot, so who knows exactly what he did. I walked away. I was like, man, I don’t even want to be a part of this. I walked away, and they just let me walk away.“
No local news mentioned the incident and Chandler likely didn’t even appear in the police report. He didn’t want to discuss it in November when it happened and said to ask him about it after the fight because he didn’t want it to be a distraction.
He added that he eventually went back to the scene to make sure police didn’t need anything from him. They didn’t, and didn’t really say anything else to him. When the arrested man realized Chandler wasn’t a cop, he began to talk trash. Chandler said: “Oh, he said a lot of stuff. I can’t really repeat it, though. I think he thought I was a cop, but when he realized when I wasn’t, yeah, he had a lot to say.“
A similar incident happened to UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in March 2011. He was in a New Jersey park hours before winning the title. When he saw an elderly couple pointing at a man who broke into their car and stole their GPS unit, he and his coaches chased the man down and pinned him to the ground until police arrived. A photo of the arrest hit social media, news reports talked about it and Jones answered questions about it for an our at the UFC 128 post-event press conference.
Chandler just went into his car and drove home. He joked: “I was wearing my Batman suit that night, so I guess they didn’t know I was. Yeah, I was the caped crusader. That’s what they call him, right? Yeah, it was just me roaming the streets of San Diego and making sure they were safe.“