Last weekend’s MMA fight between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar was pitted as a bout between good and evil, with Couture playing the role of G.I. Joe and Lesnar aptly playing the villain (hey, it’s easy to be a villain when you have a penis tattoo). The whole metaphor collapsed meekly when Lesnar dropped Couture because hey, who really wants to root for a villain? Or who wants to root for a villain outside of the Bronx? Well, now MMA has a real hero, as Croatian UFC star Goran Reljic woke up to a car crash and immediately saved the lives of two men who had crashed into icy water.
(Goran Reljic: Undefeated lifesaver)
Yup, it’s a true story, as first reported in FANHOUSE via a translation of Croatian newspaper SLOBODNA DALMACIJA. It turns out that Reljic was in bed when the crash occurred, jumped out of his seaside home — while still wearing his underwear, mind you — and swam to the car, where he broke the car’s passenger window with a punch and pulled the driver and swam to safety.
Before you start to question the validity of the translation of a Croatian newspaper story, Reljic’s manager, Zoran Saric (we’re officially nominating Croatian news anchor as one of the world’s hardest jobs just because of the names they have to pronounce) confirmed the paper’s account of the incident to UFC.com a day later.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Reljic pulled all this off with a serious back injury that forced him to withdraw from an Oct. 25 bout against Thales Leites. Saving two men from drowning in a water borne car crash? That puts Reljic ahead of even Colt McCoy, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Bosworth and even fellow MMAer Benji Radach.
Clearly this is a fighter everyone can get behind. You may not like the sport in which he makes living, and you might not approve of his no-holds barred approach, but the man saves lives! … With a back injury!
All anyone with lingering doubts needs is to hear what Reljic had to say about the incident himself:
“The only satisfaction I get is that both young men are alive and healthy, I don’t need any praise, I simply did what anyone one would have done in that situation,” Reljic said.
All this with a perfect 8-0 professional record. Congratulations UFC, you’ve found your golden star. If you play it right and Reljic keeps winning, he might turn out to be a golden goose, too.