Video: MMA fighter Jose Andres Cortes takes down alleged mugger, holds him until police arrive

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Jose Andres Cortes was walking on Datura Street and Dixie Highway, in West Palm Beach, when a man tried to choke him from behind.

Fortunately for Cortes, a professional MMA fighter, he’d had plenty of practice at defending himself in such a position. Cortes told the Sentinel that after he was grabbed — in broad daylight — he held onto his assailant’s wrist and “took him down.”

Cortes said he then held the man down, hoping to contain him until police could respond. The man struggled with Cortes at first, while a crowd began to form around them. “I said, ‘It’s OK guys, I’m a pro fighter,’” recalled Cortes. “Then he gave up.”

Cellphone footage captured the moments after the initial incident, with Cortes holding the alleged mugger in place. In the video police can be seen arriving on the scene and taking the man into custody. A police report, according to The Sentinel, states that the individual had just robbed a nearby restaurant before encountering Cortes.

Cortes, who is nicknamed ‘The Colombian Necktie’, is currently a trainer at Ultima Fitness Downtown, which is close to where the incident took place. He holds a professional MMA record of 3-4. His last fight was in January 2017 at Titan FC 43. Prior to

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