One man in Rio de Janeiro paid the price for attempting to rob a woman…who happened to be UFC strawweight fighter Polyana Viana.
MMA Junkie first reported that on Saturday night at around 8 p.m. local time, a man attempted to steal Viana’s cell phone.
Viana recounted the events to MMA Junkie on Sunday.
“When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me, he asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn’t going to leave. So I already moved to put my cell phone in my waist. And then he said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.’ Then he put his hand over (a gun), but I realized it was too soft.”
Continuing, she detailed how she served justice; “He was really close to me. So I thought, ‘If it’s a gun, he won’t have time to draw it.’ So I stood up. I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.'”
Viana was right in front of the entrance to her apartment building when this took place.
“I was fine because he didn’t even react after. Since he took the punches very quickly, I think he was scared. So he didn’t react anymore. He told me to let him go, like ‘I just asked for the time.’ I said, ‘Asked for the time my ass,’ because he saw I was very angry. I said I wouldn’t let go and that I was going to call the police.
Viana provides the following photos.
UFC President Dana White reacted to the situation on Twitter.
— Dana White (@danawhite) January 7, 2019
Source: Fernanda Prates, MMA Junkie