Viana, 26, advised MMAJunkie she was ready for a ride-share in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night when a suspicious man approached and demanded her telephone. Viana stated she hit the person with “two punches and a kick.” She additionally stated she choked the would-be thief and held him till authorities arrived.
“When he noticed I noticed him, he sat subsequent to me,” Viana advised MMAJunkie. “He requested me the time. I stated it, and I noticed he wasn’t going to depart. So, I already moved to place my cellphone in my waist. After which he stated, ‘Give me the telephone. Do not attempt to react, as a result of I am armed.’ Then he put his hand over [a gun], however I spotted it was too smooth.
“He was actually near me. So, I assumed, ‘If it is a gun, he will not have time to attract 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 identical place we have been earlier than and stated, ‘Now we’ll watch for the police.'”
Photographs confirmed Viana and the alleged perpetrator, whose face was badly swollen. UFC president Dana White posted them on his social media accounts on Sunday with a caption that included a hashtag of “#badf—ingidea.”
In response to MMAJunkie, the injured man was taken to a medical facility, and Viana has filed a police report. After immobilizing the person, Viana stated she realized the “gun” in his possession was a cardboard cutout.
Viana (10-2) has a 1-1 document to date within the UFC. She didn’t undergo any damage on Saturday, based on the report, and doesn’t at the moment have a combat scheduled.