MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fell prey to armed robbers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil shortly after having dinner with his friends.
His manager Eduardo Alonso said Rua was accosted by armed men on his way back to his hotel in Niteroi.
"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," Alonso said in MMA Fighting.
"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."
Alonso said Rua had to walk all the way to the police station as nobody stopped along the highway to help him.
"He was shoeless and shirtless. Imagine a guy his size asking for a ride in the middle of the night… He had to walk one mile to get to the police station. It was tense, but it’s all good now."