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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 09 January 2019

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Female UFC Fighter Beats Up Robber

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • beat up: to use physical force to hurt someone
  • mugger: robber; a person who steals or tries to steal money or property from someone
  • claim: to state that something is true
  • hand over: to give someone something
  • choke hold: a grip that prevents a person from getting up or away
  • turn out: to become known or discovered after some time

Female UFC Fighter Beats Up Mugger

UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Polyana Viana was waiting for a ride in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday when a man who claimed to have a gun told her to hand over her cell phone. The championship fighter two and a kick before putting the mugger in a choke hold and calling the police. The man’s gun turned out to be made of cardboard. UFC president Dana White a picture of Viana and the man on his Instagram account and suggested he messed with the wrong woman.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. Why does the report mention cardboard?
  3. What was Dana White’s response to this news?

Discussion Question

Does this story inspire you to learn martial arts for self-defence? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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