Mauricio Rua will remember his last trip to Rio de Janeiro after he and fellow UFC fighter Demian Maia were robbed at gunpoint by four armed men.
The incident happened earlier this month when Shogun Rua, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, was in the city with his sponsors.
They all decided to have dinner with manager Eduardo Alonso before driving back to their hotel in Niteroi, before they were robbed by several men with rifles.
"We were in Rio de Janeiro with Demain and we went to dinner with Mauricio at a restaurant," Alonso told PVT. "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."
It turns out the situation didn't get better when he had to walk from Linha Vermelha, one of the most dangerous expressways of the city, during the night.
"They took everything, even his shirt," he continued. "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."
Nothing else happened to "Shogun," as he provided assistance once he got to the police station. The UFC light heavyweight, who recently underwent surgery for a broken nose, has no timetable for his return to the Octagon.
"We’re not sure when Mauricio will be cleared to fight," Alonso said, "so we will wait and see if anything interesting happens."
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