This is a lesson to male robbers who want to attack women without first going online to confirm the identity of their target.
A robber made the mistake of his life after he tried to steal from a woman he never knew was a mixed martial arts fighter. The robber learnt the hard way as what befell him was more than he bargained for. The woman beat him up so badly that he begged her to call the police, report’s The Sun.
The robber who tried to steal a cellphone from the young woman in Rio de Janeiro learned the hard way that mugging a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who goes by the nickname “the Iron Lady” was a bad idea.
Polyana Viana, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight, brought the hapless perp down with two punches and a kick and held him in a “rear-naked choke” before making him sit and wait for the police, she told the sports website MMA Junkie.
The attempted crime happened late last Saturday as Viana was waiting for an Uber outside her apartment block.
She said the man said he had a gun but she guessed it probably wasn’t real. After subduing the assailant she discovered the weapon was in fact a cardboard replica of a pistol.
Viana, 26, kept the man in a submission while she waited for police to arrive.
She told 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 realised it was too soft.”
The ‘gun’ turned out to be a cardboard cut-out.
Viana added: “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.’”
Viana, who is 1-1 in the UFC but won nine of her ten MMA fights before that, insists she was calm throughout the attack.
She 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.”
Viana had passers-by call the cops, who took the man to hospital for treatment before hauling him to the police station.
She was told the man had been arrested before and was not long released for a previous crime.
It is not the first time the UFC fighter has had to fend for herself on the streets of Brazil.
In fact, another robber tried to take her phone while she was in her home town of Belem.
Viana said: “He broke my umbrella and tried to take my phone. I said I wasn’t going to give it to him.
“He tried to take it from my hand, I punched him in the face, and he was scared. This time I was scared. I don’t know if it was because there were two of them.
“So I was scared, but I think he was more scared than I was, so he jumped on the motorcycle and left.”
Source: The Sun