Armed thieves rob Cabral after win

Yan Cabral
Yan Cabral was robbed at gunpoint just two days after his first UFC win.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


On Wednesday night, Yan Cabral was celebrating the highlight of his career, earning his first win in a UFC octagon. On Friday, he was bemoaning one of the worst days in his recent memory. The welterweight was robbed at gunpoint shortly after leaving a bank in Rio de Janeiro.

Though he was uninjured during the incident, the thieves made off with cash that was intended to pay his coach Andre Pederneiras, according to Brazil’s O Dia. According to the paper, Cabral had just withdrawn the money when two thieves on a motorcycle pulled up in front of him, put a gun in his face and took his backpack, which contained the money as well as training equipment.

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The brazen robbery took place in front of his gym, the renowned Nova Uniao, which is home to UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, among others.

“I’ve lived in Rio for 15 years and this has never happened before,” the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt said.

The 30-year-old Cabral defeated David Mitchell via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields in Barueri, extending his perfect record to 11-0.

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