The streets of Brazil's major cities have been flooded with protesters by the tens and even hundreds of thousands for the past week as protests over an increase in the cost of public transportation ignited a national eruption of popular anger against political corruption, excessive taxation, and lavish government spending for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics.
MMA's Brazilian stars have been vocal in their commentary on the protests. Sherdog's Marcelo Alonso has catalogued many of the responses and reported that "UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo joined dozens of his Nova Uniao teammates for a demonstration in downtown Rio de Janeiro."
Here are a few of the tweets as translated by Alonso:
Jose Aldo (via Twitter)
"Together we are stronger! ‘Thou wilt see that a son of thine flees not from battle!' Everyone in the protest... Family, together we are brothers. I speak about the Nova Uniao!! United inside and outside the ring for a better Brazil!"
Wanderlei Silva (via Twitter)
"I would like to understand why so many public people are omitting themselves and even are quoting on their social networks to support the protests, to our awakening?
"It's our time to say: enough!! Ask for a stance from those who you follow on social networks and let's make every one of them show which side they are!!
"We must use what we have, give support to those who are fighting for better. If you don't go to the front line of the battle, at least encourages anyone who will."
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
"This violence that is happening is a shame for us, but I think that the movement cannot retreat. We have to move on!! Brazil needs political reform, changes in all systems!!"
It's very interesting to see MMA fighters take such vocal political positions, especially in support of a protest movement, but as can be assumed from the very size of the protest, the popular anger against the government of that country is immense.