A man who messed with the wrong women; harassed them, then pays the price.
So it seems like there’s a man who not only made a very poor decision to harass a group of women outside a San Francisco club, he also decided to spit at and throw a punch at one of them. What he didn’t know is that certain female happens to be a professional mixed martial arts fighter.
According to Cesar Gracie, his student and current UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Leslie Smith came to the aid of her friend after an unnamed man grabbed her friend’s behind. The man then spit in Smith’s face and a fight broke out. Coming to her aid was UFC women’s strawweight and TUF 20 competitor, Heather Jo Clark.
The unidentified man was confronted by Smith, who naturally was going to defend her friend. However, rather than back off and go about his way, the sexual predator spit in Smith’s face, which really wasn’t a very good idea.
“Hey, you can’t do that,” Smith told the man, her trainer Cesar Gracie recalled.
“F**k you, I can do whatever I want,” the man retorted.
“No muthaf**er, you can’t,” Smith replied, which led the man to make the biggest mistake of his life.
First, he spat in Smith’s face, as if that’s a good idea, but his next decision was even worse. He threw a punch at the lady fighter, who he thought was a defenseless woman, and boy was he wrong.
Smith easily ducked the incoming hook, then her training took over. She went in for the takedown, quickly wrapping the man up on the ground in a choke hold. Once she had him incapacitated, Smith decided a few elbows and a couple punches for good measure would teach him a lesson, which apparently sent the man into sissy mode as he grabbed for her hair while flailing his arms.
As if this epic dose of instant justice wasn’t already bad enough for the unsuspected pervert, Smith’s friends saw what was going down and came to her aid, even though she didn’t need it. Without hesitation, Clark barreled towards the man and landed a running soccer kick right in his groin, which had to hurt. But his painful lesson wasn’t quite over yet.
Smith then re-engaged the man, delivering several more punishing elbows and punches on his face, making it more closely resemble hamburger rather than a person. Finally, after having his pride handed to him on a platter, the pervert started yelling that he was sorry and that he did, in fact, respect the women as if he had a choice in the matter.
But anyways, Smith let him get up, and he quickly scurried into the darkness, likely to lick his wounds and clean himself up. Following the incident, Smith said that she wouldn’t have gone after the man had he just backed off, but taking a swing ended up being his biggest mistake.
Gracie breaks down the altercation that happened in San Francisco over the weekend:
“Dirtbag decides to sexually harass group of females. What he didn’t know was that 2 of the women were MMA fighters currently in the UFC.”
“While going out to a club in San Francisco, a malcontent male decided to cop a feel of a female entering the club. The female turned to her friend, current UFC fighter, Leslie Smith and exclaimed, “that guy just grabbed my a$$”. Leslie approached the man and said, “hey you can’t do that” at which point the larger male responded, “[email protected] you I can do whatever I want”
“Leslie retorted, no [email protected] you can’t”
“At this point the man became irate and spat on Leslie’s face. He then proceeded to take a punch at what he thought would be an indefensible woman.”
“Leslie ducked the punch and shot in for a takedown. She quickly got to the mans back and applied a choke but decided he needed some elbow strikes and punches to learn a valuable lesson. The man unable to fend off the better fighter, desperately grabbed at Leslie’s hair and in vain resorted to fighting like a girl.”
“Approaching the melee was Leslie’s friend and Meisha Tate training partner, UFC fighter Heather Clark.”
“Heather, without missing a beat, delivered a running soccer kick to the man’s nether regions.”
“Leslie again achieved mount and delivered a series of elbows until the man, now having his face looking more like hamburger meat, yelled out that he was sorry and that he respected them. At this point Leslie disengaged and allowed the man to get up and go. He left having learned a valuable lesson and the women returned to the club.”
Smith also provided a separate comments on the incident herself:
“I’d be second guessing myself and my judgement if I had been drinking but I wasn’t. I can’t say I would be able to avoid the violence if given the chance to play it out. I was morally compelled to tell the man that my friend’s butt (in a pair of jean btw) was not public property for him to grope at will and then he spit and swung on me. I feel like I stuck to my policy of non initiation of violence while also standing up for what I know is right.”
“Thanks everyone, I never meant to fight him but I couldn’t let my friend get disrespected like that and he escalated it from there. I make mistakes but I try (and sometimes fail) to live by a policy of non initiation of violence.”
Right now, Smith is recovering from meniscus surgery and has not been cleared by doctors to train fully. She won’t be cleared for at least another six weeks.
“At first I was super embarrassed, like, Oh jeez, I’m fighting with people,” Smith said. “That’s totally against my style. I believe in the non-initiation of violence. I don’t think that going out and fighting people is the best way to do it. I think violence like fire needs to be controlled and it’s a part of us. It’s an essential part of our lives and that’s why we need to keep such a close rein on it while making sure to give it an outlet.”