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Video: Accused armed robber bloodied after attempted hold-up of MMA gym in Los Angeles County

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A man armed with a gun attempted to rob an MMA gym in Burbank... it didn’t go well for him. Allegedly.

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According to FOX11 out of Los Angeles, at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night a man walked into Defiant MMA & Fitness studio in Burbank and pulled a gun on an MMA instructor as he was teaching a lesson.

The instructor was Jacobe Powell; an amateur MMA fighter. FOX11 states that Powell knocked the gun out of the man’s hand and then pinned him down until police arrived.

FOX11 cameras captured the moments when cops and fire officials apprehended the armed suspect. The man seen cuffed and sitting on the sidewalk appears bloodied from his encounter with Powell.

Speaking to FOX11, Powell said, “My instincts kicked in. I used my judo training to go ahead and subdue him, got the weapon away from him before the cops arrived. One of my guys who was here training called the police and I just subdued him until the police showed up.”

According to Tapology, Powell is a 34-year-old lightweight fighter with an amateur record of 1-5 (3-6 according to Sherdog). He last competed at MMA Event Inc’s Live MMA 2 in July. Prior to that he fought for Bas Rutten’s Art of MMA promotion as well as San Diego based Epic Fighting.

You can see video of the aftermath of Powell’s clash with the alleged armed robber here on

MMA fighter takes down armed robber in Burbank

Police say an armed robbery suspect tried to hold up an MMA studio in Burbank – but was taken down by an MMA fighter and left bloodied.

Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 30, 2017