UFC welterweight Kevin Holland is a real-life superhero.
According to MMA insider Ariel Helwani, Holland was one of the men who helped subdue a 24-year-old man who open-fired at a Houston restaurant on Monday night.
The man reportedly pulled a gun and fired into the air at Ra Sushi. Approximately 40-50 people were inside of the restaurant when Holland and two others immediately rushed him and were able to take him down and take his gun away.
The other man, Patrick Robinson, also trains mixed martial arts and spoke to local news station KHOU-11.
“We were pretty much eating and the next thing you know, you just hear a pop,” said Robinson. “Me and my buddy, we ran to the shooter… got him down, strangled him, took the gun from him… call the police and they got him.”
“We fight for a living, so it was just quick instincts.”
Holland also addressed the situation on social media.
“I laugh a lot even when things aren’t funny,” he wrote in his Instagram story. “I smile when I should frown. Super blessed and thankful to see today. Kiss ya kids, hug ya family and treat random people with care. You never know what a mfer may be going through.”
The 24-year-old suspect was wanted for failing to appear in court on a criminal mischief charge. After the Monday night incident, he now faces charges of possessing a stolen gun and discharge of a firearm.
Holland most recently scored a win over Alex Oliveira inside of the Octagon at UFC 272. The second-round TKO victory, which snapped a three-fight winless streak, earned Holland a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Holland holds a professional record of 22-7, 1 NC.