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Polyana Viana, 26, said she was waiting for an Uber driver in front of her apartment in Jacarepagua, when a man approached her with a "gun."
"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," Viana was quoted as saying by MMAJunkie.
"He was really close to me. So I thought, ‘If it's a gun, he won't have time to draw it.' So I stood up. I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke."
Then she told him, "Now we'll wait for the police."
Viana was right about the gun. She later found out that it was a piece of cardboard shaped like a handgun.
After taking control of the situation, she asked other people to call the police. While she was waiting for their arrival, she kept the attacker's arm immobilized in a kimura-like position.
Police first took the man to a hospital where he received treatment and later to the police station.
Asked whether she was scared, Viana said she wasn't.
"I was fine," she said. "I was fine because he didn't even react ... Since he took the punches very quickly, I think he was scared. So he didn't react anymore. He told me to let him go … I said I wouldn't let go and that I was going to call the police."
"He said, ‘Call the police, then' because he was scared I was going to beat him up more."