Two murders are far from a pattern, but still, there’s some bad juju going down in Brazil if you’re an MMA fighter. First came the murder of Nova Uniao rep Luiz de Franca on Monday, allegedly at the hands of an unhinged police lieutenant. Now a fighter named Guilherme Matos Rodrigues is dead, shot multiple times by two unknown assailants.
MMAFighting’s Brazilian correspondent Guilherme Cruz once again has the scoop:
Guilherme “Kioto” Matos Rodrigues, a 30-year-old fighter from Pitbull Brothers team, was killed while he was in a juice shop with some teammates on Tuesday night. According to the police, two men approached in a motorcycle and shot at “Kioto”.
Rodrigues was rushed to the hospital, but he died during surgery.
“I can’t imagine why someone would do that to him,” Rodrigues’ teammate and Bellator fighter Patricio “Pitbull” Freire told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday. “He was a handsome guy, everybody knew who he was, so maybe someone was jealous of him.
“He trains with me for 12 years, and I never saw him getting trouble with anyone.”
Both murders occurred in Natal, which will play host to UFC Fight Night 39: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. You better believe the fighters on that card won’t stray far from the fighters’ hotel.