Men in Brazil try to rob female MMA fighter -- and really regret it

4 September 2015 / 1 year 1 month ago

An attempt at robbing a woman turned ugly, when one of the thieves was caught by the lady that they were trying to rob.

According to a report in, the woman that they were trying to rob was Monique Bastos, a Brazilian MMA fighter.

The robbers wanted their phones, but they had no idea who they were messing with. Bastos was on her way to jiu-jitsu training with two friends when the incident occured.

"I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones," Bastos told

"I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed. When they tried to escape, I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one."

The MMA fighter got the robber into a rear-naked choke and took him to the sidewalk, where she locked a triangle choke and waited for the police.

The thief, Wesley Sousa de Araujo was arrested 15 minutes later. Bastos also revealed that it was not the first time she had to stop a robbery.

"I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back," she said.

"There were two guys, and they were using knives, but I was able to use my jiu-jitsu and get my phone back. It’s a huge risk, but I did it to defend myself and my friends, so I used what I learned."

Browse through the gallery and watch the video of Basto's putting the man in an triangle choke below. 

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