A man thought that he found the perfect target to rob at gunpoint in a seemingly harmless woman waiting for an Uber outside of her Rio de Janeiro apartment complex. What he did not realize was that the woman he chose to rob was Brazilian Ultimate Fighting Champion fighter Polyana Viana.
Viana quickly turned to her mixed martial arts skills to defend herself against the mugger. Now, he looks like this:
“He said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed,'” the 27-year-old athlete told MMA Junkie. “Then he put his hand over (a gun), but I realized it was too soft… 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 kept the man subdued with help from passers-by as she calmly awaited the police, whom she notified by the mugger’s request, seeing as he would have rather been arrested than sustain further injury. The authorities then took him to the emergency room to tend to the injuries he suffered from Viana’s self-defense before taking him straight to the police station.
Later, Viana’s initial suspicions over the mugger’s weapon were confirmed when she found out that he was packing a piece of cardboard folded into the shape of a gun. If trying to rob a UFC fighter was not idiotic enough…
What do you think? Is this the most satisfying story of a strong woman prevailing over evil you’ve seen today, or do the effects of her self-defense freak you out a bit?
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