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An attempted robbery in Chicago’s Southwest Side took a surprising turn when mugger Anthony Miranda, 24, chose the wrong victim, and paid for it with bruises and a bullet wound.
The 33-year-old “victim”, whose asked not to be named, said Miranda approached him as he got into his car and asked him for a light. After stating he did not have one, Miranda pulled out a gun, demanded valuables, and told him to get out of his vehicle.
What Miranda did not know was that the man he was pointing his gun at was a trained mixed martial arts fighter who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).
The subsequent “struggle” between the men was over rather quickly, as the fighter managed to get the gun away from Miranda and hold him down until police arrived. However, one of the men was wounded when the gun went off during the altercation, and no, it was not the trained athlete.
The cage fighter said that during the fight for the gun, Miranda shot himself in the ankle.
Along with the gunshot wound to his ankle, Miranda received a number of bruises and scratches to his face, which included two black eyes that can clearly be seen in his mug shot.
He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital before appearing in Cook County Bond Court Sunday.
His bond was set at $300,000. Miranda, who served six years in prison for a number of burglary charges, was only released on parole in March 2010.