Man thwarts armed robbery with BJJ

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“I said, ‘You are messing with the wrong guy,’" recalls John McGowan.
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Brazilian jiu-jitsu 1, handgun-wielding thug 0.

A too-tough-for-his-own-good Pennsylvania man used a little street-jitsu to subdue a would-be armed robber at a gas station Saturday morning, according to FOX 29 in Philadelphia.

Just a few hours after his car was totaled, John McGowan was in no mood to have a punk kid in a mask point a gun at his face and ask him for money.

“I said, ‘You are messing with the wrong guy,’" recalls McGowan.

With absolutely no hint of hesitation, the obvious UFC fan shot in for a (rather sloppy) takedown. The two rolled around on the ground with both men grabbing at the gun, then slamming into a potato chip rack. The thug, who was identified as 20-year-old C.J. Gostynski, got top position and McGowan tried to slap on--what else?--a triangle choke. Somewhere on the West Coast, Chael Sonnen just shuddered.

McGowan used the triangle to sweep into mount. He’s clearly seen a Demian Maia fight or three. Once there, he used the gun to beat Gostynski over the head. How that wasn’t an approved offensive maneuver at UFC 1, we’ll never know.

"I just started wrestling with him,” McGowan said. “We went to the ground and got him in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu choke hold and just beat him with his own gun.”

In the process, two shots get fired and one goes through McGowan’s shoe, just missing his foot. The cops came soon after as McGowan held the crook down.

The police found an AR-15 with 60 rounds of ammunition in Gostynski’s truck. Maybe he wasn’t a frat boy trying to scrounge together more money for Four Loko after all.

"It was like an action movie," said Wally Mansour, the owner of the Sunoco. "He put his life on the line that's for sure. He put his life on the line and he was brave enough to do it."

Renzo Gracie just wept a single tear of joy.

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