Reports surfaced of several UFC employees being held at gunpoint and robbed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the night before UFC 224.
It appears that the armed Brazilian muggers did not get the memo when the UFC opted to have Colby Covington compete next month at UFC 225 in Chicago instead of UFC 224. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that an investigation is ongoing as security cameras are being reviewed. Those involved cancelled their stolen credit cards and passports.
Some UFC employees definitely involved. Have not heard of any fighters involved as of right now (weigh-in is tomorrow morning). Those affected arecanceling stolen passports and credit cards. White told me security footage is being pulled.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 11, 2018
Fortunately it doesn’t appear that anybody was hurt, but it didn’t take long for fans to do their best Colby Covington impression in response. One thing we can all come into agreement on is that we hope this footage shows up on the next Embedded episode. We watched as Conor McGregor and his Crumlin cronies initiated an attack on a cocky bus at the Barclays Center a month ago. If there is anything that can top that its a masked motorcycle robbery at gunpoint.
All jokes aside, it’ll be interesting to see Dana White’s take on the matter considering he’s known for speaking in hyperbole whenever he’s fired up. It’ll be even more interesting seeing if the UFC will be comfortable holding another event in Rio de Janeiro in the near future. So far there are no UFC events booked for Brazil after UFC 224.
The main card is filled with notable Brazilian fighters such as Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Amanda Nunes, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, John Lineker and *Mackenzie Dern. Think that last one is still up for debate. Let’s hope all competitors can weigh in safely on Friday morning without having to worry about losing more than water weight.
The muggers should count themselves lucky that they didn’t rob the wrong man and by wrong man I am of course referring to Artem Lobov. One does not simply rob Lord Artemis without expecting a dolly to be thrown in their direction. It just doesn’t work that way. Let’s just hope there isn’t a private plane currently heading to Rio with a gang of Irish guys in tracksuits.