At 22-years-old, Louis Nicholson is a budding mixed martial artist. Now the young fighter has come forward to proclaim that martial arts have saved his life. As reported by The Sun, Nicholson was walking the streets of Essex around 4 p.m. last Tuesday when the fighter was surrounded by eight muggers. The muggers demanded that he hand over his phone, but the fighter vehemently refused. The muggers consequently attacked, eventually drawing out knives and stabbing Nicholson. "I'm walking through Seabrook Rise in Grays minding my business when eight people decide they wanted to liberate my hard-earned possessions from me. "Long story short, I said I was ready to fight them because I was not going to give them my things - it was probably a stupid move, I realise that now. "So anyway, we start fighting - it was one person against eight. "I was doing my best to keep them at bay even manage to punch two of them in the face so they dropped to the floor. "Only after they had already attacked me though of course. "Anyway at this point the absolute cowards decide eight versus one isn't a big enough advantage for them. "So they pull out there blades and start stabbing and slashing at me while I'm trying to fight off the others." "I had to fight them all the way down the road about 100m to get to the metal works (a building site)." "I got away with all of my stuff. "I was fighting them and they had me circled then one of them broke the circle like a coward when I went to swing for him so I ran out of that gap he created. "I ran in a building site that was open at the time and shouted for the blokes to call the police. "And the funny thing this all happened at four o'clock in the afternoon in broad daylight. "I have to say though that with zero shadow of a doubt martial arts saved my life. "I would not be here if not for being able to create space and get out of there. "So honestly get your kids trained in martial arts, I can not stress it enough, it is literally a matter of life and death - stay safe everyone." Check out photos from the incident down below, as provided by The Sun. For more MMA news click here.