While anyone with an ounce of common sense will know better than to run up on an MMA fighter, some mixed martial artists are more recognizable than others. Case in point: Monique Bastos may not be as well-known as Ronda Rousey, but she certainly certified her bad-assery in a way that Rousey hasn’t.
Bastos, a strawweight women’s fighter, was en route to jiu-jitsu class when men on bikes tried to nab her phone. Little did these mobile assailants realize that they we’re biting off more than they could chew.
“I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed,” Bastos told MMA Fighting.com. “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.”
And by “get the other one” she means she locked his thieving ass into a rear-naked choke followed by a triangle choke. And if you need proof then take a look at the video below.
According to Bastos this isn’t the first time she’s thwarted an attack walking the streets of Acailandia, Brazil.
“There were two guys, and they were using knives, but I was able to use my jiu-jitsu and get my phone back,” Bastos says while recalling a previous attack. “It’s a huge risk, but I did it to defend myself and my friends, so I used what I learned.”
As for the poor chump who got locked in triangle hold, Monique (0-3) kept him knotted up for 15 minutes until the cops arrived. Sounds like Bastos isn’t the only one getting learned through jiu-jitsu.
Troy-Jeffrey Allen writes about action/adventure for Action A Go Go. He is a comic book writer whose works include BamnComics.com, The Magic Bullet, Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse of Tall Tales, and the Harvey Award nominated District Comics. In addition, Allen has been a contributing writer for ComicBookBin.com, OfNote Magazine, and ForcesOfGeek.com. His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, The Examiner, and The Washington Post. Yes, he wrote this bio.