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Polyana Viana KOs Criminal

Bailey Atwood, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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On January 5th, 2019, Brazilian UFC/MMA fighter Polyana Viana was confronted by a man outside her apartment intent on robbing her. Little did the assailant know, he was attempting to rob one of the most talented UFC/MMA fighters in Brazil.

Viana was sitting on the stoop of her apartment waiting for an Uber when a man approached and sat next to her. Already having raised suspicions, she moved to put her phone away. Before she could, however, the man said: “Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed”. However, Viana immediately noticed something suspicious about the exchange: the gun the man was holding was soft. She would later discover that the gun was merely a cardboard cutout.

The featherweight fighter then made an impulse decision to fight the attacker. She threw two punches and a kick, then put him in a chokehold. She then sat him in the same area where the robber first approached her to wait for law enforcements to show up. Although Viana was alone, she asked strangers to call the police while she had the man’s arm immobile. The man was then sent to the hospital to be treated while Polyana Viana went to the police station to file a report. The man was found to just be released from jail prior to the attack.

This would not be the first time she was attacked. However, it was the first time she was attacked in Rio. She handled the situation with extreme care and strength. She not only left safe and with her belongings, but left the man with a reminder that she is not to be messed with.

If you would like to see pictures of the incident, check the link below:

Man tries to rob UFC's Polyana Viana in Rio de Janeiro, pays painful price

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