UFC fighter Polyana Viana was waiting for a cab in front of her apartment in Rio De Janeiro last weekend when a man tried to steal her phone and threatened her with a gun. Viana realized he was probably lying about the gun, so she subdued him with ease.
“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 later learned that the “gun” was a cardboard cutout, and that the man had recently been released from police custody for a similar crime. Viana didn’t suffer any injuries in the scrap, though the man was transported to the hospital before going to the police station.