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In one corner was a Brazilian mixed martial artist who made her UFC debut last year, holding a professional record of 1-1.
Abel Resende PDVSA
Weighing in at 115 pounds.
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro.
Introducing . . . Polyana Viana !
Her challenger? An apparent thief who didn’t stand a fighting chance against Vianna.
The 26-year-old UFC fighter told MMAJunkie that a man with a fake gun tried to steal her cellphone while she waited for a ride-sharing car outside her apartment in Rio de Janeiro
So, she said, she hit him. Then kicked him. Then put him in a chokehold
Viana said the man had asked her what time it was, but then would not leave
“Then he said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed,’” she told MMAJunkie. “Then he put his hand over [a suspected 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.’”
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Viana asked a bystander to call the authorities, she said, and held down the would-be mugger until the police arrived
She said the man was arrested, and that the gun turned out to be a cardboard cutout of a firearm
“I did not do it on impulse,” Viana told CNN . “I was calm, I knew what I was going to do. But I only did it because I knew he did not have a gun.”
She told the Star Online that she did not face charges because she acted in self-defense
She could not immediately be reached for comment by The Washington Post
According to CNN :
The Rio police department were unable to confirm the individuals involved in the incident but told CNN Sport that an attempted robbery had taken place
“A criminal was found immobilized by civilians after trying to rob a person on site,” a statement read. “A fake gun was seized with him.”
Following the incident, UFC president Dana White posted a picture on Twitter, showing Viana on one side and what he said was the would-be mugger on the other side — with blood on his face
Viana’s manager, Alex Davis, joked that other robbers in Rio de Janeiro are now asking the UFC to put Viana in a fight to keep her away from them
The Robber Union in Rio de Janeiro is asking that the UFC please give a fight to Polyana soon! They are worried for their safety while she is lose out there and with nothing to do! @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite @PolyanaViana @NandaPrates_ pic.twitter.com/Iwbp26t38H
— Alex Davis (@Alexdavismma) January 7, 2019 Viana told CNN that since the incident, she has received an outpouring of support from people wanting to know whether she is okay
She reassured everyone that “nothing had changed” and that she has gone right back to work — training for her next fight
View this post on Instagram Chefe @danawhite postou outra fotinha minha bochechuda, eu to muito me achando 🤦🏻♀️❤️ . “The boss @danawhite posted another one of my cheeky pics… I am so thinking I am all that!”
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