Pocket rocket MMA fighter Monique Bastos has made headlines around the world back in2015, but it is not her professional fighting that has attracted our attention. It was actually outside the cage that Bastos was able to put her Jiu Jitsu skills to best use as she was able to overcome two would-be thieves on the streets of Acailandia, Brazil. Walking to training one evening, her two friends and her were confronted by two men on a motorcycle demanding they hand over their phones. Initially resisting before handing over the goods, Bastos then realised the men were unarmed.
She have her synopsis:
“I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones,” Bastos told MMAFighting.com. “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” The story goes that 56kg Bastos was able to get the bloke in a triangle hold and capture him for the 15 minutes it took police to arrive.
Known as a hotspot for violent crime, Acailandia, Brazil is one of the more dangerous places to walk home in parts. Speaking of past history, Bastos said: “I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back,” she told MMAFighting.com. “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.”
The moral of the story for thieves is to exercise caution! You never know when you’re going to come across a woman as badass as Monique Bastos! Even when she only weighs 54kgs.. One of her mates whipped out a phone to see some of the action – check it out.