Denver, CO – Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jordan Williams stopped a man from stealing his car Aug. 12 after the fighter left it running during a stop at a convenience store.
The fighter shared surveillance video of the incident on his Instagram account.
Williams left his 2020 Honda Civic running but kept his car keys with him as he entered the store, according to the fighter’s Instagram post. He initially thought the car could not be driven without the key fob, according to ESPN.
He later told WIAT that the car could actually drive fine without the keyfob, and the reason the thief wasn’t able to drive away was because he didn’t know how to disengage the parking brake.
“So someone tried to steal my car today,” Williams said on Instagram. “If you are wondering why my car was still on its the same reason why he couldn’t drive away, I have a push to start and my car won’t go unless the keys are within 5 ft of it and I have them on me always. Needless to say my lesson was learned and I hope so was his.”
The video showed the man walking next to the running car and entering it. Williams exited the store and approached his car and as he got closer, his car started to pull away.
“So I run up. The guy, backing away, looking at me like, ‘This is happening. Got your car.’ Like no remorse at all,” Williams said, according to WIAT. “What I’ll remember always is the look on his face when he was looking at me through the window like, ‘I’m taking this.’”
Williams was able to get the door open and then struggle with the man.
Williams told WIAT that he punched him several times during the struggle and that the thief was saying he was sorry.
After Williams dragged the thief our to the car, he ran away.
You can see video of the incident below: