Polyana Viana: Why you should never pick on a UFC fighter

    Polyana Viana (R) is pictured in action in the Octagon.

    Story highlights

    • Fighter Polyana Viana targeted in Brazil
    • Man tried to steal UFC star's phone
    • Viana injured and subdued her attacker

    (CNN)Be careful what you wish for if you ever decide to pick on a Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.

    As a man in Rio de Janiero has discovered to his cost after he approached UFC athlete Polyana Viana while she was waiting for an Uber outside her home in the Brazilian city on Saturday.
      "He asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn't going to leave," 26-year-old Viana told MMAJunkie.
      "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."
      Polyana Viana is 1-1 in her UFC career.
      Suspicious that the gun was fake, Viana decided to take matters into her own hands.
      "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 same place we were before," said Viana, who is currently unbooked but has a 1-1 record in the Octagon.