Although Brazilian women’s strawweight Monique Bastos was forced out a scheduled Jungle Fight bout due to injury, she recently found herself in a fight of a different kind in Acailandia, Brazil.

While heading to jiu-jitsu training session Tuesday night (Sept. 1, 2015), Bastos and a friend were approached by two males who forcefully asked for their cell phones. Having been the victim of a robbery attempt before, Bastos foiled yet another crime by locking up her assailant in a rear-naked choke, then putting him in a tight triangle that forced the attacker to squeal while police arrived.

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After the messy ordeal, Bastos described the scene, where she was able to corral the second attacker, to MMA Fighting:

“”I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones. 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.”

She also stated that she had done this before and understands the risks. The six-fight MMA veteran was thankful to have used her fighting skills to save herself and stop a crime in a real-life situation:

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“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.”

Without another fight scheduled, Bastos could find herself receiving attention from a promotion soon for using MMA skills outside the cage, of all reasons. Let that be a lesson to all of the cell phone thieves in Brazil.

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