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UFC Star

Takes Down Robber

Before Fight

3/19/2011 6:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon "Bones" Jones -- who has a huge UFC fight tonight in New Jersey with Shogun Rua -- just subdued a robber with an awesome fighting move -- TMZ has learned.

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Jones was doing what has become his ritual before a fight ... he was meditating at a park in Patterson, NJ when he heard a woman scream, "I've been robbed!"

Jones began chasing the man for a good distance. When the fighter caught up with the alleged robber, he knocked the guy's legs out from under him, then placed him in a figure-four leg lock until Paterson cops arrived.

Jones' fight tonight -- UFC 128 -- is in Newark.

Jones tells TMZ, "It was a great pre-fight warm-up for me!"

UPDATE: Jones tweeted about the incident, and even posted a photo (see below) his driver took of the aftermath. He wrote, "I caught him....Coach Jackson finished him ... It feels so good to help others. It gives me power and energy."

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46.

Nostradamus    

Congrats to us Buddah, Cheers!$
Matt- hey square, any other insight you'd like to share with us?

1126 days ago
47.

kltcustoms.com    

Hey CONGRATS Bones Jones for being the New UFC Light Heavy Weight Champ!!! Kicks ass in and outta da ring!!!

1126 days ago
48.

Samuel Smithers    

Have you ever noticed that African men are well endowed?

1126 days ago
49.

Barbie    

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i would expect ufc fighters to do this all the time

Posted at 5:51 PM on Mar 19, 2011 by troy

I'm good friends with a MMA champion, several times over and it does happen. He was in AC walking the boardwalk with a friend of his. About 6 guys approached them and asked for their jewelry and wallets. He told his friend to go sit on a bench he would take care of it. He then proceeded to tell the robbers they needed to go back into the projects and get a few more of their friends because the fight would be unfair.
He tossed them around like ragdolls and when the cops finally arrived and saw the carnage, the cop started laughing and said I guess you guys picked the wrong guy to rob tonight! Of course he didn't seriously injury any of them, but they were sprawled out on the boardwalk, probably praying that the cops get there soon ! LOL

1126 days ago
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Barbie    

49.
Chuck Norris couldn't do what Jones did mediate and then catching a crook in sh*tty New Jersey= FTW!

Posted at 8:55 PM on Mar 19, 2011 by CrisDizzle
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I'd love to know where your from CrisDizzle, you make a remark about New Jersey but fail to back up your claim with your own location. That's what I call a coward with a tower !!!

1126 days ago
51.

holymoly    

Wow what an awesome story! I'm just digging Jones big time! Very sexy all around.

1126 days ago
52.

liz    

Nice to see a fellow citizen helping out instead of looking the other way. Well done !

1126 days ago
53.

Angel    

DONT LIKE UFC stars, but LOVE THIS MAN FOR INTERVENING, TOO BAD MORE MEN DONT HAVE COURAGE. love the men that help women! Just like the good old days


GREAT JOB:)

1126 days ago
54.

Dj    

Haters wanna talk but there's nothing you can tell them.

1126 days ago
55.

Ben    

Mr. Jones, Great job thanks for being a stand up guy, for caring and not being some one like the one that posted the 1st comment.

Woman lying? give me a break. Maybe the guy that is about to save your Mother, Sister, Wife or Daughter will think that. Is that really what you want?

What the Hell is happening to America?

1126 days ago
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Mrs. Gossip     

Great story. Great champion, great training camp in New Mexico. Huge MMA fan 4eva.

1125 days ago
57.

Kirik    

Hmm...no one's been able to come up with the crook's name or an arrest/incident report from the Paterson PD. Can we say "hoax?" When Roger Huerta fought a man who beat a woman on a Texas street, TMZ had the name and picture of the batterer within a day or so, along with video of the incident. Jon Jones supposedly chases down and detains a thief until police arrive, and no one can even produce an incident report a week later.

Hmmmmmmmm...

1120 days ago
58.

jim    

In Paterson, that's just the way things go
If you're a crook, you might as well
not even step out on the street
because Jon Jones will bring the heeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaat

1113 days ago
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