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MMA fighter turns tables on man who attacked him in West Palm Beach

WPEC-CBS12

An employee at Ultima Fitness MMA fighter was recently attacked by a stranger in broad daylight in downtown West Palm Beach.

But instead of becoming a victim, Jose Cortes -- who is also a former MMA fighter -- turned the tables on his attacker.

Video captures the moments after a man tried to attack him.

“When he tried to attack me, then I put him down and this is where I finally put him down until police got here,” Cortes said.

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Cortes says he was walking on Datura Street and Dixie Highway when a man tried to choke him from behind.

“He came from behind me... I just kinda held his wrist and put him down,” he said.

The attacker stopped resisting after finding out who he was dealing with.

“I said, ‘It’s OK guys, I’m a pro fighter.’ Then he gave up,” Cortes said.

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According to a police report, the man had just robbed a nearby restaurant.

Cortes says he’s glad he was the one who was attacked because someone else may not have been so lucky.

“Be alert because this could happen to anybody that is not as skilled as me,” he said.

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