Polyana Viana, born on April 14, 1992, in São Geraldo do Araguaia, Brazil, is a mixed martial artist who competes in the Women's Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
She rose to fame not just for her skills inside the octagon but also for an unusual event that occurred on January 5, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro. While waiting for an Uber, Viana was approached by a man who attempted to rob her, claiming to have a gun. Utilizing her MMA skills, she swiftly neutralized the attacker with a series of punches and a chokehold, holding him until the police arrived. The incident went viral, with people around the world praising her quick thinking and bravery.
Interestingly, the "gun" turned out to be a cardboard cutout, adding a layer of irony to the situation. This episode didn't just elevate Viana's profile; it also sparked discussions about self-defense and the empowerment of women, particularly in situations that could turn dangerous. It's a testament to how Viana's influence extends beyond her professional fighting career, serving as an unexpected role model in the realm of personal safety.