Former MMA star Javier Baez managed to subdue a knife-wielding attacker.
Terrifying footage emerged of Baez being confronted by the assailant before an altercation ensued.
The incident occurred at around 4am on Wednesday morning last week, hours after Halloween night.
The attacker had allegedly hit one of Baez’s car windows before trying to enter the vehicle, which the former MMA star was sat in.
Baez then tried to calm down the situation before the attacker, identified as 50-year-old Omar Marrero, produced another knife.
“Guy was out there screaming on the phone, literally was fighting for a while with some woman,” Baez told Miami’s CBS affiliate.
“He tapped on my door window. I told him to leave me alone, and then he came at me with a knife.
“I told him to leave me alone. I’m calling the cops. I hope he doesn’t break my window. That’s all I cared about.”
Baez, who had a 5-2-1 record in professional mixed martial arts, was charged at by the attacker.
It forced the 34-year-old to take action, blocking the attack before slamming the knife wielder into the ground in a pummelling move.
He then managed to disarm the assailant before choking him out, potentially saving his own life.
“When you train so many times, it becomes just a reflex,” Baez told Local News 10.
“Once it came to that, it’s all instincts. I couldn’t do much but just react.
“I’ve been training my whole life — black belt jiu-jitsu, wrestled in college, I’ve got eight pro fights, MMA masters. I’ve got great training partners.”
Baez has not fought professionally in MMA for five years in 2018, winning his last fight in 2016.
“I stayed calm, kept my balance, kept my composure,” Baez told CBS 4.
“Didn’t bring him down and start beating on. Just took him down.”