Firearms are often referred to as the “great equalizer,” since they can even out physical disparities in a dispute.
Even trained fighters understand the value of responsible gun ownership, however, as evidenced by the decisive action UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland took upon noticing an individual trespassing on his property.
In a video uploaded to social media, the 32-year-old mixed martial artist can be seen confronting the individual at gunpoint and holding him at the scene until law enforcement officers arrived.
Although Strickland ordered the individual to “sit the f— down,” there was no need for a physical confrontation. He later recounted the experience in the caption included alongside the video.
“Here’s what I know,” Strickland wrote. “The guy was drunk stomping out a girl, a security guard seen [sic] it, he jumped in his car and drove off. Security followed him, hit a curb, completely shredded his tire, drove on the rim for awhile [sic] then jumped out and tried to hide at my house.”
He said his initial reaction was to assume that the individual was attempting to steal his vehicle.
After police showed up a short time later, Strickland confirmed that the individual was taken into custody.
As of the most recent updates available, his claims about the subject had not been verified by law enforcement sources.
Strickland secured his current title in September following his win over Israel Adesanya in UFC 293. He will have a chance to defend it early next year when he takes on Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297.
About three years ago, UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones was involved in a similar situation. He also shared surveillance footage that appeared to depict himself — armed with a shotgun — chasing a suspected robber away from his property.
“Ended up tapping on this guys [sic] window with the muzzle of my shotgun last night,” he wrote in the social media post.
Like Strickland, Jones refrained from using any physical force when addressing the perceived threat.
“He’s lucky I’m smart enough to not shoot a man while he’s retreating,” the UFC star wrote.
“People I know times are getting hard but your life isn’t worth a few material possessions.”