When a would-be thief noticed 26-year-old Polyana Viana ready for a taxi on Saturday outdoors her Rio de Janeiro house, he apparently concluded she was simple prey.

He requested her what time it was, she reportedly mentioned, earlier than attempting to bully her into giving him her cellphone. He additionally instructed her he had a gun.

She rapidly sized up the state of affairs – it’s second nature for the UFC straw-weight, who has received 10 of her 12 skilled fights.

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“He was actually near me. So I believed, ‘If it’s a gun, he received’t have time to attract it,’” she instructed MMAJunkie.com in an interview. “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 identical place we have been earlier than and mentioned, ‘Now we’ll watch for the police.’”

Photographs posted on social media of the mugger present his bloodied, bruised and swollen face. The supposed gun, it seems, was truly a cardboard cutout.

The mugger was taken to a hospital earlier than he was transported to a police station. Viana didn’t endure any accidents.

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I used to be tremendous,” Viana mentioned to MMAJunkie. “I used to be tremendous as a result of he didn’t even react after. Since he took the punches in a short time, I believe he was scared. So he didn’t react anymore.”

“He instructed me to let him go…as a result of he noticed I used to be very offended. I mentioned I wouldn’t let go and that I used to be going to name the police … He mentioned, ‘Name the police, then’ as a result of he was scared I used to be going to beat him up extra.”

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UFC President Dana White posted the photo of the thug proper beside certainly one of a cool-as-a-cucumber Viana.

White wrote: “On the left is @polyanaviana, certainly one of our @UFC fighters and no the correct is the man who tried to rob her.”

Viana has needed to educate different thugs classes up to now.

There was one incident, for instance, the place two males on a bike tried to steal her cellphone, however when she punched certainly one of them the try got here to a quick finish.

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