Man Tries To Steal Phone From Female MMA Fighter, Regrets It

Instant karma.

Don't steal. But if you're going to steal, maybe steer clear of professional MMA fighters.

Monique Bastos laid down some serious karmic justice in Acailandia, Brazil, Tuesday night, after would-be thieves tried to rob her and two friends of their cell phones, Brazilian news website GoTropa reported.

Needless to say, the robbery didn't go as planned:

The two men arrived on a motorcycle as Bastos was on her way to jiu-jitsu training, she told

"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," Bastos said. "The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one."

As video of the incident shows, "get" is an understatement. Bastos calmly held the man -- later identified as 18-year-old Wesley de Sousa Araujo -- in a chokehold with her legs for 15 minutes until police showed up.

Here she is smiling for a picture while Araujo panics on the ground:

Bastos added she's "been through this a few times before," and decided to fight back this time around.

Watch the video below. Warning: it contains plenty of yelling and fighting.

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