On Saturday night, a thief tried to rob a female martial arts fighter, Polyana Viana, in in Jacarepagua, a neighborhood in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
|Polyana Viana (right) at Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC 227|
She recounted the events of the night to MMA Junkie:
"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.
"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."
|The thief after getting some punches|
As scary as the situation sounds, Viana said she was calm.
“I was fine. 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.She then asked passers-by to call the police as soon as she subdued him.
“He said, ‘Call the police, then’ because he was scared I was going to beat him up more.”
|Polyana Viana (wearing red) and the thief (wearing blue)|
Turns out he had been arrested before and was only released recently.
After leaving the police station on Saturday, Viana says she simply went home and made dinner.
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