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Man Attempts To Rob Female UFC Fighter, Gets Whuppin’ Instead

If you’re going to rob someone, best make sure they’re not a UFC fighter. That’s a lesson some ‘poor’ thug in Rio de Janeiro learned when he accidentally took on strawweight Polyana Viana as she sat outside her apartment building waiting for an Uber.

Viana shared the experience with MMA Junkie’s Fernanda Prates, which went down on Saturday night.

”When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me,” Viana recounted. “He asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn’t going to leave. So I already moved to put my cell phone in my waist. 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.”

”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 I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.’”

It turns out the man’s gun was just a cardboard cutout. Once his so-called weapon was revealed, the would be robber basically gave up.

“I was fine,” Viana continued. “I was fine because he didn’t even react after. 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, like ‘I just asked for the time.’ I said, ‘Asked for the time my ass,’ because he saw I was very angry. 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.”

This isn’t the UFC fighter’s first brush with crime fighting. When she lived in Belem, Viana said she took on two men on a motorcycle who once again were trying to get at her cell phone.

Viana is 2-0 against muggers and 10-2 in her MMA career. Currently sitting at 1-1 in the UFC, she kicked her promotional run off with an impressive first round submission win over Maia Stevenson before dropping a decision to JJ Aldrich at UFC 227. Viana is currently without a fight … so watch out, Rio criminals.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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PFL Fighter Wins Million Bucks, Promptly Retires

File this one under “Feel Good Story of the Year: 2019 Edition”. The Pro Fight League finished its tournament extravaganza on New Years Eve, and perhaps improbably, a UFC washout named Sean O’Connell won the light-heavyweight tournament. In so doing, he won a million bucks. And because of that million bucks… the dude promptly retired from fighting.

There’s a lot you can say about the PFL and how effective it was in garnering interest. But if all it ever did was make one fighter set for life, then honestly, it was all worth it.

O’Connell wasn’t all that impressive in his UFC run. He ended up going 2-5, losing to the likes of Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi, Ryan Jimmo, Gian Villante and hockey enforcer Steve Bosse. He also probably wasn’t supposed to win any PFL tournaments, but heck, when he met Vinny Magalhaes in the finals, and Magalhaes ended up too tired to do anything but flop, O’Connell was suddenly the man.

So kudos to him for getting it done, and calling it quits while at the top.

Coincidentally, O’Connell has spent some time on the mic during these PFL events, and he’s actually pretty good.

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The 2018 ‘Fighter of the Year’ Is …

I’ve been rather terse with most of these, as I recognize that an introduction is just an obstacle between you, the list, and subsequently complaining about the list in the comments, but I did want to chime in here. Several fighters, namely Max Holloway, Henry Cejudo, Tyron Woodley and Robert Whittaker had massive victories in 2018, but competed just once. Unless it’s a Douglas vs. Tyson-level, Earth-shattering victory, I don’t think one good win is enough to earn a spot on this list.

Luckily, there were plenty of other worthy contenders to fill in the gaps. Here are our picks for 2018’s “Fighter of the Year.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Thiago Santos, Valentina Shevchenko, Gegard Mousasi, Tatiana Suarez, Anthony Smith

No. 5: Dustin Poirier

MMA: UFC Fight Night Phoenix-Poirier vs Gaethje
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“The Diamond” has gone 8-1 with one “No Contest” since moving up to Lightweight, and though he fought just twice this year as opposed to his three-bout 2015 and 2016 efforts due to an injury scrapping a planned fight with Nate Diaz, what he accomplished was significant enough to earn a spot.

Poirier’s first fight of 2018 remains arguably the year’s best, a grueling war with Justin Gaethje that saw Poirier survive a compromised lead leg to put away the incomparably gritty “Highlight” early in the fourth round. Then came revenge; Poirier had gone to war with Eddie Alvarez in 2017, nearly finishing the former UFC and Bellator champ before illegal knees from the “Underground King” ended proceedings early. This time around, headlining the penultimate Fox show in July, Poirier survived a rough spot to smash Alvarez into submission late in the second round.

Poirier has now won three “Fights of the Night” and one “Performance of the Night” in his last five fights. Though the situation with Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson remains up in the air, I’d love to see “The Diamond” finally get a shot at the belt.

No. 4: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

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This may seem like a weird inclusion considering that Souza suffered a loss this year, but let’s look closer.

Souza opened the year by easily defeating Derek Brunson, who was coming off of crushing knockout victories over Daniel Kelly and Lyoto Machida. He returned four months later against Kelvin Gastelum, and despite visibly fading from a rough weight cut and losing a split decision, gave the former Ultimate Fighter such a tough out that the MMA media was essentially split down the middle over who deserved the nod. Finally, he wiped out Chris Weidman with a gorgeous right hand despite having been originally preparing for David Branch.

With slightly different judging, Souza could have been 3-0 this year with two of those victories coming over a former champion and the man who will soon fight for the title. All while being 39 years old. I think that deserves some recognition.

No. 3: Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Nurmagomedov’s victory over Conor McGregor was the most-watched piece of MMA action of 2018 and one of the most-watched fights in the history of the sport. Unfortunately, so was the ensuing melee, and though I can definitely sympathize with the Dagestani wrecking machine after all the haranguing he received, it’s hard to overlook that when putting together a list of top fighters.

The win was still excellent, admittedly, and his dominant-but-uninspiring victory over Al Iaquinta looks a lot better after the latter’s upset of Kevin Lee a couple weeks back. Just a little too much baggage for those top spots.

No. 2: Israel Adesanya

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Adesanya is arguably tied with Gokhan Saki as the most accomplished kickboxer to ever step foot in the Octagon besides Semmy Schilt, who only became a kickboxing legend well after his UFC tenure. Unlike Saki, he joined the UFC in the midst of his athletic prime, and the results have been stunning.

After breaking down Rob Wilkinson and edging Marvin Vettori, Adesanya got a main event slot against Brad Tavares, whom he dismantled so thoroughly that he earned Performance of the Night for a decision win. He took on another wrestler in Derek Brunson four months later, thrashing him in a single round for his third post-fight bonus in four UFC bouts.

We won’t have to wait long to see him again, either; he’s booked to fight Anderson Silva in just over a month. Here’s hoping we see another busy year for “The Last Stylebender.”

No. 1: Daniel Cormier

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Undefeated (3-0) with three finishes, first man in UFC history to defend two different titles in the same reign. “The Daddest Man on the Planet” had an unprecedented year, handily disposing of Volkan Oezdemir, the heavily favored Stipe Miocic, and Derrick Lewis. I don’t think there’s any question he deserves the top spot.

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UFC Fighter Stefan Sekulic Accepts 2-Year USADA Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

Stefan Sekulic has accepted a two-year suspension from USADA after failing an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC Fight Night Moscow on Sept. 15.
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