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Video: Robber Makes the Mistake of Targeting a Motel Hosting Mixed Martial Artists

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A robber made the strategic mistake of robbing a motel that was hosting mixed martial artists competing in the World Jiu-Jitsue No-Gi Championship in Long Beach this week.

The attempted robbery and fight with MMA experts was caught on the security video of the motel at 300 N. Vermont Ave.

After the robber Luis Rosales robbed the motel clerk, he walked out. The clerk followed after him and warned two men coming into the motel that Rosales was armed and that he had just robbed him. The two men mixed martial artists Brent Alvarez, 33, and Billy Denney, 28 sprung into action and got Rosales in a chokehold and pinned him down.

The Los Angeles Times spoke to the two Good Samaritans. Alvarez said Rosales didn't fight back too much, but he begged to be let go so he could kiss his daughter again. "He wasn't trying to punch us," Alvarez told the Times. "He just seemed like someone who had run out of options."

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The two men compete today. Alvarez says he might be a little nervous after using his MMA skills in a real-life situation. He said, "I might have more butterflies than usual because I already had my fight for this week."