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Chicago man beaten when he tries to rob mixed martial arts expert

December 6, 2011 | 12:46 pm

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Did you ever read a story about some coward who robs an elderly woman and think: "I'd like to see that guy pick on someone his own size?" Well, this story's for you.

Police say that Anthony Miranda, 24, tried to rob a man at gunpoint this weekend on the southwest side of Chicago -- but that his target turned out to be a mixed martial arts expert, one who quickly turned the tables on Miranda.

Liam Ford of the Chicago Tribune got the scoop from the Chicago law enforcement:

Miranda approached the victim -- or should we say "victim" -- while he was sitting in his parked car about 11:30 p.m. Friday night, brandishing a handgun and demanding his valuables, police said. The driver complied. Miranda then allegedly ordered the man out of the car.

Big mistake.

The man grabbed the handgun, and it was on. At some point, Miranda allegedly fired the weapon -- but struck himself in the ankle, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. When police arrived, the 33-year-old "victim" told authorities that he participates in Ultimate Fighting and mixed martial arts competitions.

Apparently, he's pretty good (if Miranda's mug shot, above, is any indication).

Miranda previously served prison time in two burglary cases. He is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail.

The "victim" remains unidentified for now, as Chicago law enforcement does not routinely release the names of crime targets. But we'll bet that Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, would like to give him a medal.

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-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo credit: Chicago Police

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