For those who don't know, Polyana Viana is a legit dangerous fighter in the UFC who also happens to run a great Instagram. This fact was unfortunately unknown to the man who tried to rob her, which turned the mugging into one of the biggest mistakes of his life.
He might not have messed with her if she'd looked like this at the time...
Viana (aka "The Iron Lady") was waiting for an Uber in Rio de Janeiro when it all went down.
She told the story to MMAJunkie:
"When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me, He asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn't going to leave. So I already moved to put my cell phone in my waist. And then he said, 'Give me the phone. Don't try to react, because I'm armed.' Then he put his hand over [a gun], but I realized it was too soft."
@abcgrandstand I feel like I've been waiting for something like this to happen for a long time.. and I'm as enterta… https://t.co/KrMLAAOxza— Travis Lewis (@Travis Lewis) 1546922162.0
Bad move, robber! Realizing she'd have time to make a move before the alleged gun came out, Viana stood up and delivered a swift kick and two punches.
After that, things were pretty much over for the would-be robber:
"He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, 'Now we'll wait for the police.'"
@abcgrandstand She literally rearranged his face! https://t.co/jLKsMSMbTa— Tweettweetter (@Tweettweetter) 1546922220.0
It was later revealed the man's "gun" was actually just a cardboard cutout.
@abcgrandstand @abcnews Some people have to learn the hard way!— Greg Hill (@Greg Hill) 1546908112.0
Before taking the man to jail, authorities had to take him to a hospital to have his injuries looked at. One kick from a UFC fighter can have a devastating effect on regular people.
Dana White, President of the UFC, uploaded a picture to give us an idea:
@abcgrandstand This is awesome...but one report said two punches and a kick?....dude looks like he took 20 punches and 15 kicks!! 😆— It's Mr. (@It's Mr.) 1546917734.0
Twitter couldn't stop laughing at the robber's unfortunate decision:
@abcgrandstand https://t.co/NKd68Pa0yx— J. T. Malory (@J. T. Malory) 1546925431.0
@abcgrandstand https://t.co/NZQ0DU0Fid— BOOGIEMAN704 (@BOOGIEMAN704) 1546922107.0
@abcgrandstand Oops. https://t.co/79T43UByvN— Garret Mathany (@Garret Mathany) 1546920212.0
He'll think twice before he tries anything else like this.
@abcgrandstand His day went horribly wrong real quick 😂— Jeff Green (@Jeff Green) 1546918144.0
Polyana is the hero we all deserve!
@abcgrandstand https://t.co/29oIfPMTkk— Jeff Yeah! (@Jeff Yeah!) 1546923394.0
@Othherworldly @abcgrandstand https://t.co/TQ2QZRtKxD— JPO (@JPO) 1546941680.0
@abcgrandstand @islandwind police! put your hands up! thief: oh thank god!— Bre 🏳️🌈💖💜💙 (@Bre 🏳️🌈💖💜💙) 1546925930.0
@abcgrandstand @emilysears https://t.co/niyfgkxLfI— Reuben A. Jefferson (@Reuben A. Jefferson) 1546944079.0
After the attempted mugging, Viana commented that she "was fine" and that the robber "was scared I was going to beat him up more."
Honestly, robber, we get it. Have a good time in prison, where it's probably a good deal safer.