UFC welterweight Chris Wilson is pulling out all the stops for his UFC 98 fight against Brock Larson from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23.
Of course after being the victim of a home invasion in Brazil, where Wilson resides with his wife and two children, anything Larson throws at him will probably seem like a walk in the park.
From "The Professor" (Courtesy of Slam! Sports):
"As I came into the apartment complex, a guy held me up at gunpoint and then he called his friends. And then a total of five people came up to the apartment. They were armed and my family was in the bathroom - I've got two kids - so it was just a terrible situation ... they cleaned out whatever they wanted. They were after small stuff, but they took our TV and my laptop, and jewelry. And they took some of the kids' clothing and Nike tennis shoes, which are expensive down here ... Then they put everything in my car, made me take them somewhere. It was just terrible. Wasn't sure if I was coming back from that one. But it all worked out."
The Team Nogueira fighter, the son of Baptist missionaries, has spent most of his life in Brazil. Despite the incident, Wilson will fight as scheduled.
The Professor is coming off a split-decision loss to John Howard at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2″ back in January. It was the lone bright spot on a rather uneventful card, bringing home co "Fight of the Night" honors.
Wilson had a recent four-fight win streak snapped in early 2008 when he stepped up to take on top division contender — and Koscheck training partner — Jon Fitch on super short notice in a losing effort (unanimous decision).
He was invited back shortly thereafter and defeated Steve Bruno in a lopsided unanimous decision at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy." This will mark his fourth fight under the UFC banner.