Yan Cabral made a successful Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at UFC Fight Night 29 last October by defeating David Mitchell via unanimous decision.
Unfortunately for the talented Brazilian, his luck changed once he got home to his native country, as he was robbed in front of a bank. The money taken from him was part of the earnings he was supposed to give to his Novia Uniao trainer, Andre Pederneiras.
And as he gears up to collect his second UFC check when he faces Zak Cummings at this weekend's (May 10, 2014) UFC Fight Night 40 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, you can bet he'll be holding on to his money extra tight.
But that didn't stop him from warning would-be robbers.
"Don't even talk about that, man," Cabral jokingly responded to MMA Fighting. "I will rip the thief's f--king head off this time."
An exact amount of how much money was taken from him was not given.
For Cabral, taking on Cummings will be a chance to add to his undefeated record (11-0, 1-0 UFC) by testing his submission skills against another scrappy welterweight who looks to dazzle in his UFC sophomore effort, as well.
"I want to get out of there with the win, but I always fight to submit," he said. "I tried to submit David Mitchell the whole fight but he has good escapes on the ground, he's tough. I always go for the submission, and I really hope I can get it now."
Indeed, a submission victory would be a good way to earn some extra "Performance of the Night" money to help ease the loss of the coin taken from him by lowly criminals.
Money Cabral says will go toward paying Pederneiras back. So you can bet he won't be lacking any motivation come fight night.
And you thought Josh Thomson's theft issues were bad.