UFC strawweight Polyana Viana crushes another robber

Monday, January 07, 2019

UFC strawweight Polyana Viana is 10-2 in the cage, and now 2-0 vs. robbers in Brazil.

The fighters first attack took place in her previous home of Belem, when she was approached by two men on a motorcycle, one of whom ran at her.

“He broke my umbrella and tried to take my phone,” said Viana to Fernanda Prates for MMAjunkie. “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.”

The latest took place in Rio de Janeiro, as she was waiting for an Uber.

“When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me,” Viana said. “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 realized it was too soft. 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.’”

“I was fine. 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.”

This is what he looked like:

This is the "gun":

And this is the fighter on her cell phone holding the robber with a hammerlock until police arrived.

The police took the man to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he suffered in trying to rob a professional fighter, and then to the station, where Viana filed a report, and learned the man had been arrested before, and only recently was released.