UFC fighter Polyana Viana leaves criminal in bloodied mess after he tried to rob her… with a cardboard gun!

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UFC fighter Polyana Viana leaves criminal in bloodied mess after he tried to rob her... with a cardboard gun!


The ‘armed’ assailant tried to take the Brazilian fighter’s mobile phone in Rio de Janeiro and things certainly didn’t end well him

UFC star Polyana Viana left a man with facial injuries after he tried to rob her…with a cardboard gun!

The Brazilian was waiting for an Uber in Rio de Janeiro when the criminal demanded she hand her phone over to him.

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The robber (right) ended up in this state after attempting to rob Viana (left)

The thief claimed he had a gun, but Viana was not intimidated as she punched and kicked the man before locking him in a rear-naked choke.

He was kept in submission by Viana while she waited for the police to arrive.

Talking about the incident in an interview with MMA Junkie, Viana said: “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.’

A picture of the ‘gun’ the robber used to threaten Viana has surfaced online

A picture of the ‘gun’ the robber used to threaten Viana has surfaced online

“Then he put his hand over [a gun], but I realised it was too soft.”

It transpired that the so-called ‘gun’ was merely 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.’”

The 26-year-old is 1-1 in the UFC but won nine of her ten MMA fights before that.

And Viana insisted she remained calm throughout the incident, adding: “I was fine because he didn’t even react after. Since he took the punches very quickly, I think he was scared.

President of the UFC Dana White had his say on the attempted attack on Viana, posting a picture on Twitter and Instagram with the caption: “On the left is @polyanaviana, one of our @UFC fighters and on the right is the guy who tried to rob her #badf******idea.”

Viana also recalled how another robber tried to take her phone off her while she was in her home town of Belem.

She 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.”

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