A robber who tried to rob a cellphone from a young woman in Rio de Janeiro learned the difficult way that fighting a mixed martial arts fighter who goes by the nickname “the Iron Lady” is not a good idea.
Polyana Viana, an Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight, brought the hapless perp down with two punches and a kick and held him in a “rear-naked choke” before making him sit and wait for the police, she told the sports website MMA Junkie.
The incidence happened late Saturday as Viana, 27, was waiting for an Uber outside her apartment block. She said the man told her he had a gun but she surmised it probably wasn’t real and in any case “he won’t have time to draw it” before she went into action.
After overtaking the assailant she discovered the weapon was in fact fake and a cardboard replica of a pistol.