MMA Fighter Monique Bastos Takes Down Would-Be-Mugger In Brazil

A Brazilian woman has taught a robber a thing or two after he tried to accost her on a street.

Monique Bastos, who is trained in martial arts, took down Wesley Sousa de Araujo using jiu-jitsu type moves.

Bastos, a professional MMA athlete, stopped the attacker using a choke hold before taking him to the pavement where she waited for the police.

MMA fighter Monique Bastos took down the robber in a leg lock

A friend at the scene recorded the incident on a mobile phone. The footage reveals Araujo screaming for his mother and father throughout.

When police were called, he claimed that it was the first time that he had attempted thievery.

After the ordeal, in an interview with Bastos said: "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."

This is not the first time that Bastos has used her fighting skills to get herself out of danger.

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

"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."