A few weeks after Yan Cabral was robbed of his his first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) earnings outside of a bank in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, another mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter was the victim of the same cowardly crime.
Eduardo Alonso, Rua's manager, spoke to Porto do Vale Tudo about the incident.
"We were in Rio de Janeiro with Demain (Maia) and we went to dinner with Mauricio at a restaurant. At the end of the night, he left us at the hotel at Barra da Tijuca and drove back to Niteroi, where he was staying. He was driving a friend's car at Linha Vermelha and he was forced to stop by another guy with four men armed with rifles. They took his clothes, money and his friend's car. They said ‘I know who you are, you're a fighter. Don't try anything.' It was a sad situation."
According to the report, Rua had to walk barefoot through Linha Vermelha, an expressway which is considered to be the most dangerous in the city.
"They took everything, even his shirt. He was shoeless and shirtless. Imagine a guy at his size asking for a ride in the middle of the night. Nobody stopped to help him. He had to walk one mile to get to the police station. It was tense, but it's all good now."
Apparently, the assailants knew who Rua was, which could be why the incident didn't escalate further. Whatever the case may be, the good news is that Rua was not physically harmed.
At the moment, no arrests have been reported.
"Shogun" last competed inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil on March 23, 2014, losing to Dan Henderson via third round knockout.