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Of all the people who could be targeted for street crime, it is probably not a wise move to take aim at a UFC world champion.

But this is exactly what happened to former middleweight king Michael Bisping on a recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa who told a story on his Believe You Me podcast (via about a potentially serious incident he had when he was accosted by several men who had intentions on his possessions.

“It is beautiful by day, at night the freaks come out and it is a very, very dangerous place,” Bisping said of Cape Town.

“We go out for a Chinese meal, [I] don’t like Chinese but whatever… We end up having a few drinks. I get back, it’s like three o’ clock in the morning and the Uber driver drops me off at a four-way cross street not by my hotel, and he says ‘your hotel is over there’, so I get out the car and the Uber driver drives off and I don’t know which way to go.

“All the while, I may have been stumbling slightly, and staring at my phone which is a giveaway, I’m on my apps.’ He says, ‘Im stumbling around a little bit and all of a sudden low and behold, the freaks came out, the thieves came out, the muggers, the nasty f***ing criminal b****rds…before I knew it, I was surrounded by 10 to 15 homeless people begging for money and then they started getting kind of nasty.

It was at this point that the men demanded Bisping’s wallet, shouting at him in a language that the Englishman didn’t recongnise.

“I start raising my voice saying ‘stay the f**k back'” Bisping continues. “At this point now, because my defences are up, I’m trying to be big, just like a lion in the jungle puffs out his mane… I’m puffing out my chest and I’m trying to look as scary as possible so these motherfuckers don’t make a move.”

At around this time Bisping describes an old beat-up car which pulls up, after which the men — one of whom was mimicking that he had a gun in his pocket — insisted that Bisping get in the car.

“Two f***ing guys jump out looking wasted, more wasted then me, very glossy eyes..they start screaming ‘get in the car, get in the car’. f I get in this car, I’m a dead man, simple as that because they are gonna kill me or rob me and leave me for dead.”

At this point, Bisping takes the opportunity to run and eventually finds his hotel.

“Never a dull moment in my life.”