Man tries to rob woman, who turns out to be an MMA fighter. It did not go well.


The only thing that might be worse than running into a karate studio when trying to kidnap someone might be trying to rob an MMA fighter.

26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Polyana Viana told MMA Junkie that as she was waiting in front of her Rio de Janeiro apartment for an Uber, a man approached her and asked her for the time — and then said he had a gun and demanded her cellphone.

“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,’” she said.

The would-be robber’s gun turned out to be a cardboard cutout.

Viana kept the suspect subdued while passersbys called the police. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

UFC President Dana White posted about the incident on Instagram:

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