Amirkhani, who is based at SBG in Dublin, says he was hanging out with his family at home in Finland when they received a report via the phone that a friend’s house had been broken into and that their young son was hiding in a closet. He runs with his brother to the house, where they split up to try to catch the burglars.
All I see, because my brother went from the other side, all I see is two guys, they looked like Russians, and they were hitting on my brother. I thought that the other guy had a knife. It wasn’t a knife, but it really looked like a knife, and I thought that they are stabbing my brother. And I said, ‘Fuck, I don’t care, they can stab me too, but I am going to help my brother’. So they hit me in my neck and it wasn’t a knife, it was something to open a door, a lock. Then, when I realised that this guy didn’t have knife, I was like, ‘He is going to die now’. All I needed was one punch and this fucking guy was lying on the snow. Then it was all over the news, and I took one selfie and put it on my Facebook. My cousin, he ran – he had a baseball, and he said, ‘Oh, it’s over. Well, it’s a good warm-up for [UFC Fight Night London].
The second burglar is detained by police. The child is unharmed.