It didn’t take long for a man who allegedly tried to steal a woman’s cell phone to realize he’d made a huge mistake. UFC fighter Polyana Viana was outside her apartment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, waiting for an Uber when she says a man came up and asked her what time it was. She told him, but instead of leaving, he told her to hand over her phone and threatened that he had a gun.
Viana says she wasn’t sure if he was really armed, so she followed her instinct to strike him first to protect herself. "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,” she recalls. “Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, 'Now we'll wait for the police.'"
The UFC fighter says at one point during their fight, the would-be-thief asked her to call the cops because he was scared she would “beat him up more.” UFC president Dana White tweeted photos Viana took at the scene showing the man’s bloodied face and it’s not pretty. She went with authorities to take the man to a healthcare facility before filing a police report.