You’re probably sick and tired of hearing about how Nick Ring saved some couple from getting gangbanged on the mean streets of Calgary a month before UFC 149. But I’m going to bring the story up and rehash it one more time because the people he saved were invited to UFC 149! And while it sounds like they were a little too fresh off the boat from China to understand why people punching each other in the face is wikkid kool funstylzzes, their appreciation for Nick Ring was sincere and heartwarming:
Roughly six weeks after Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Nick Ring broke up a street robbery and assault on a Calgary street, Anna Huang met the man who came to the rescue of her and her boyfriend.
“I was really happy and excited, and really thankful to him,” said Huang, 17. “If he wasn’t there, I might have gotten more injured.”
A huge smile came over the face of Huang as Ring walked down the hallway of the Scotiabank Saddledome towards her, his hands taped in preparation for his fight at UFC 149 against Court McGee a little over three hours later. Ring was all business as he left his locker room, but grinned widely and genuinely as he approached Huang.
“I’m so glad you came here,” Ring told her as they met in the bowels of the Saddledome.
Must. Not. Make. Sexual. Innuendo. Joke.
Ring, the 33-year-old Calgary native, gained fame last month for his Good Samaritan act. Minutes after finishing a yoga class and picking up a coffee, he saw approximately 10 people viciously assaulting a couple and taking Huang’s bag. Almost without pause, he and another witness chased down the assailants and called police.
Soy chai lattes ain’t cheap, so for Nick to ditch his just shows you what a good Samaritan he really is.
The group, says the Grade 11 student at Western Canadian High School, “came for trouble.”
She and her boyfriend were heading home, waiting for the bus, when she was elbowed first. She then took a punch in her left eye from a female in the group. Her boyfriend attempted to shield her from the beating but was attacked by several of the males. As she tried to get them off her boyfriend, one of the girls pulled her hair and started kneeing Huang in the face and kicking her.
That’s about the time Ring came upon the scene.
“These guys, they think they’re tough but they’re all little …” Ring said this week, his voice trailing off.
The assault was traumatic for Huang, who six weeks after the incident is still emotionally scarred. She went back and forth on whether or not she’d even take UFC up on its offer to attend the show.
“I’m scared going outside by myself,” admitted Huang, who moved with her family from China approximately three years ago.
Ring was saddened when he learned of Huang’s struggles since the attack.
“It’s a little sad. I don’t think we need to live in a society like this, where you have to fear leaving the house, especially in Calgary, Alberta,” he said.
“This is a nice town. I’ve grown up here. I’ve watched it grow. For the most part, the people we have here are very nice people.”
Huang had never been to a UFC event before Saturday night. She had never even watched any of it on television. So she turned to YouTube and Google to learn what she could before heading to the show. (“I was excited. I was thinking about what it really is,” she said with a laugh.) And what did she discover? She likes his nickname: Nick ‘Promise’ Ring, she said with a laugh.
See, even the Chinese think Nick’s nick is loltastic.
It didn’t matter that she’s no expert on the sport. She came to meet Ring and simply stayed for the show.
Her wheelchair-bound father, Xing Huang, escorted her to the Saddledome on Saturday. He was pleased to meet the man who came to the aid of his daughter.
“I’m very thankful to him,” Xing Huang, Anna’s father, said with Anna translating.
Ring said it was merely something he felt he had to do.
“I saw her right at the scene of the crime, when she was right at her worst,” he said, noting his excitement over meeting her under better circumstances. “I’m just glad I was able to help.”