UFC fighter Polyana Viana gave her account Thursday of how she shut down an attempted robbery Saturday night.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Viana explained the incident through a translator:
Viana said a man confronted her outside her apartment in Rio de Janeiro and told Viana to hand over her phone after pulling out an object that initially appeared to be a gun.
When Viana saw the object bend, however, she realized it was made of cardboard, which prompted her to attack the would-be robber.
"[I] thought, 'That's not a real gun.' So I got up and threw two hooks," Viana said. "After that, [I] just threw a kick to his face, and that's the damage you all saw in the photos."
Viana then discussed restraining the man until police arrived and arrested him: "He sat where he was, and [I] grabbed him in a rear-naked choke. He tried to hip escape a little bit. [I] was afraid he had a knife or anything that could hurt [me.] So [I] didn't want to lose that position."
The 26-year-old Viana is 10-2 as a professional MMA fighter, including a 1-1 mark in UFC bouts.
Viana defeated Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson by submission at UFC Fight Night 125 in February before losing to JJ Aldrich by unanimous decision at UFC 227 in August.
The 26-year-old also divulged that she has been asked to be a part of the UFC 235 card in March.