A man allegedly attempted to steal a woman's cell phone over the weekend, but would have quickly learned that he had chosen the wrong person. Polyana Viana, a UFC fighter, who was waiting for an Uber in front of her apartment in Rio de Janeiro, would have punching and kicking until the arrival of the police to arrest him. UFC President Dana White tweeted the news with a picture of the face of the bloodied man.

Viana was waiting for her car to arrive on Saturday night when a man asked her the time and did not want to leave her, she described in an interview with the website. MMAjunkie Sunday.

"He asked me for the time, I said it and I saw that he was not going to leave," she said. "So I've already moved to put my cellphone in my size.And then he said:" Give me the phone.No try to react, because I'm armed. " Then he put his hand (a gun), but I realized it was too soft. "It turned out that the" gun "was just a cardboard cutout.

The 26-year-old straw weight, who debuted at the UFC in 2018, followed his instinct and decided to hit first – the best way she knew it.

"He was really close to me, so I thought:" If it's a gun, it will not have time to shoot it. " So I got up, I threw two punches and one kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him in the same place as we were before and said, "Now we are waiting for the police."

At one point during the fight, the potential thief asked him to call the police because he feared that she "would roll him over more shots," according to Viana. The pictures she took on the scene show the bloody face of the man.

Polyana Viana, UFC, fights a man who tried to rob her https://t.co/wY4bDjdesL pic.twitter.com/fHLebT1jwc

– Women's MMA Ranking (@WMMARankings) January 7, 2019

Once the authorities arrived, she accompanied them to take the man to a health care facility and then filed a police report.

White expressed his pride for the Brazilian fighter with a side-by-side photo of her and the thief after foiling the flight attempt. "On the left is @polyanaviana, One of ours @UFC fighters and right is the guy who tried to steal it, "he wrote.

Viana (1-1) is currently preparing for her next fight against Hannah Cifers at UFC 235 in Las Vegas on March 2nd.