Despite getting pretty beat-up, 32-year-old TJ Sazama held onto the man and woman until police could arrive.
He's never been in a fight his entire life, but now he's got the scars, and surveillance video documenting his first bar fight since he took over the bar two months ago.
"My instincts took over," Sazama said.
Not the instincts of a large, burly bartender or Navy SEAL, but the instincts of a new small business owner getting robbed.
"I feel defensive when someone attacks us and our bar," Sazama said.
Sazama says after last call on Thursday night, the regulars left. He says a man and woman surprised him while he was adding up cash at the register.
"She pulled me into her, I pulled back, that's when she had a knife, and I realized it was a pretty serious situation," Sazama said.
Surveillance video shows the attack.
A woman with dark hair and a bald man get into a scuffle with Sazama, who after hitting the panic button, says his feelings changed quickly.
"I went from fear to anger really, and all I really wanted to do was (get) them (to) go to jail," Sazama said.
So, Sazama fought back, using techniques he says he learned from watching cage fighting on his bar's television screens.
Sazama says the 13 staples in his head are from the woman hitting him with a pool cue.
When Sazama shoved the woman's head into his bar taps, and the beer started flowing, he even found a quick moment to save his bottom line.
"I actually was able to turn the beer tap off," Sazama said laughing.
After the seven-and-a-half minute fight, Sazama said the cops showed up.
Now, Cordial Lounge is installing more security measures.
"We try and be cordial with everyone, but if you're going to hit us over the head with a pool cue, we might not be so cordial in the end," Sazama said smiling.
Lakewood police took the man and woman into custody, but as of Monday night, weren't able to tell us their official charges.
Sazama says they caused at least $500 in damage.
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