Polyana Viana, a UFC strawweight (115lbs/52kg) fighter was the victim of an attempted robbery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Viana was waiting for an Uber in front of her apartment complex in Jacarepagua, a neighborhood in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro when a man approached her.
The robber had reportedly tried to steal her phone, claiming he had a weapon.
Viana told MMAjunkie
“He was really close to me. 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 ‘gun’ was a cardboard cutout.
She said she then kept his arm immobilized in a kimura-like position until police arrived.
According to Viana, they took him to an emergency care facility to treat his wounds and then to the station, where she filed a police report. The man had been arrested before and had only recently been released.