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Hard Punching Female UFC Fighter Makes Mugger Regret His Choices

Talk about picking the wrong person to pilfer!

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A would-be mugger got way more than he expected when he thought a lone woman on the streets of Rio would be an easy mark. He was quickly disabused of that notion when the woman turned out to be a tough MMA fighter.

One minute the robber is a man with a plan, the next he was just another schlub with a face full of bruises instead of a pocket full of cash.

Strawweight UFC and MMA fighter Polyana Viana, nicknamed “the Iron Lady,” was waiting on an Uber in Rio, one of Brazil’s more dangerous cities — especially for tourists. Viana told police that a man approached her with a fake gun and demanded her valuables, Australia’s ABC reported.

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Viana told police that the man asked her for the time but then the conversation turned grim.

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“And then he said, ‘Give me the phone,” Viana said. “Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.’ Then he put his hand over [a gun], but I realized it was too soft.”

Then the “Iron Lady” struck.

“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,” the fighter added.

She then sat down next to him as he nursed his wounds and called the police.

When police arrived, they discovered that the “gun” the unlucky robber had was a hunk of cardboard fashioned into the shape of a gun.

Bystanders were amazed and told police that Viana held the man down until officers arrived.

“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,” Viana said.

UFC president Dana White saluted Viana, tweeting an image of the fighter alongside the bruised and beaten robber.

“On the left is @Polyana_VianaDF, one of our @UFC fighters and on the right is the guy who tried to rob her #badfuckingidea,” White tweeted on Sunday.

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Murder Conviction for Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Reinstated

With its decision, the high court agreed with state prosecutors who said it was not fair to vacate Hernandez’ conviction.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reinstated the murder conviction of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in a decision that Overturns decades of legal precedent. The state’s highest court ruled that the practice of vacating a criminal conviction if the defendant dies during the case is a nonsensical practice and that the doctrine will be ended in the Bay State, according to the Boston Globe. Hernandez was convicted of murder in 2015 and was in the process of appealing the conviction when he committed suicide in jail in 2017. His lawyers then filed for abatement ab initio to vacate the conviction because he died during the appeal. But the state Supreme Court ruled against vacating the conviction. “We conclude that the doctrine of abatement ab initio is outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life, if, in fact, it ever was,” Justice Elspeth Cypher wrote. With its decision, the high court agreed with state prosecutors who said it was not fair to vacate Hernandez’ conviction. During his arguments before the court, Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said, “The practice of wiping out a jury verdict like it never occurred is not fair or equitable. Just to snap your finger and have that go away because the defendant died — it’s not fair.” The former New England Patriots player committed suicide two days after he was acquitted in a second murder case concerning the deaths of two men which occurred in 2012. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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How Are the Lakers Liking Him Now? LeBron James Plays His Career-Worst Quarter EVER

James was dutifully dour over the loss.

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Los Angeles was very excited when LeBron James came to town. Oh, it was “King James” this, and “King James” that. But since James came to the city, the Lakers have tumbled almost to the bottom of the league. And last weekend, James had the worst quarter of his entire 16-year career. The Los Angeles Lakers were toppled by the New York Knicks in a 124-123 final and James was a major part of that loss. In a quarter culminating in what could have been James’ game-winning shot blocked by Mario Hezonja, James went 4-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter, ESPN reported. His whopping eleven missed shots became the worst quarter in his career. To make matters worse, the March 17 game with the Knicks marks the New Yorkers’ only sweep of the year. The Knicks are one of the worst teams in the league, but the Lakers were the only team they were able to sweep all season. The Lakers did rise to take the momentum in that final quarter, but with repeated misses, it just wasn’t enough to drag the game into the win column. James was dutifully dour over the loss. “It bothers me in the fact we didn’t close the game out and being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn’t make enough plays down the stretch; it bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot up at the hoop,” James said after the game. “Of course, that stuff bothers me, but I mean what’s the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason. So there’s no difference. We have a couple more wins than them, but both teams right now are on the outside looking in, so it’s not much of a difference.”…

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