Sometimes a reputation does you no favors. That seems to be the case as former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua was robbed by four armed men in Brazil. After a dinner out with his manager and several of his sponsors, Rua got in his car to drive home. While he eventually made it home safe, he was minus a car (which he was borrowing from a friend), minus his money, and minus his shirt and shoes. To make matters worse, at least one of the car jackers even recognized him. after being robbed of his possesions, Shogun was forced to walk to the nearest police station in the middle of the night. Shogun's manager, Eduardo Alonso gave an account of the incident to MMA Fighting.
"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."
"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."
As strange as it may seem, many professional athletes find themselves targeted by burglars and thieves, who know that there's a lot of valuable merchandise to be found on their person and in their homes. It's still a little shocking to hear of a professional fighter being targeted like this, on the street. But, against four heavily armed men, even the best martial artist doesn't stand much of a chance.