— Robber left bloodied and bruised by UFC fighter Polyana Viana
A would-be thief got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob UFC fighter Polyana Viana. Viana was confronted by the thief outside her home in Rio and was ordered to hand over her phone. The man even said he was armed, but Viana called his bluff.
The 10-2 MMA fighter fired off some punches and a kick, before taking control of the robber on the ground.
‘He was really close to me. So I thought, ‘If it’s a gun, he won’t have time to draw it,” Viana told MMA Junkie. ‘So I stood up. I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke.
— Dana White (@danawhite) January 7, 2019
‘Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.” News of Viana’s bravery and beatdown quickly spread as UFC boss Dana White shared a snap of the bloodied robber on Twitter. He said: ‘On the left is Polyana Viana, one of our UFC fighters and on the right is the guy who tried to rob her.’
Viana subdued the thief with a kimura hold before the police arrived and arrested the man. ‘I was fine,’ Viana said. ‘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. ‘He said, ‘Call the police, then’ because he was scared I was going to beat him up more.’