Yan Cabral made the most of his long awaited Octagon debut on Wednesday, by working his way to a unanimous decision win over David Mitchell at UFC Fight Night 29. Unfortunately for the 30 year-old grappling wiz, however, he was robbed just a couple of days later. That’s not a fun way to celebrate your first UFC win.
In fact, according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, Cabral lost part of the money he secured at the October 9th card. The Nova Uniao fighter relayed the following about the incident:
“I went to the bank to get the money to pay (Pederneiras),” said Cabral, while referring to the fact he was en route to pay his renowned coach, Andre Pederneiras, “and when I was entering the gym the guy pointed a gun to my face and took my money.”
“I was talking to my girlfriend last night about this,” he said. “She started talking about the violence in Rio de Janeiro and I defended (the city), saying that I live here for 15 years and never even saw an someone being robbed here.”
Thankfully it sounds like Cabral emerged unscathed from the incident. In the initial report by the Brazilian blog MMA na Rede, it relayed that the thieves were on a motorcycle and took Cabral’s backpack, which had training equipment and the money in it.
Cabral was a competitor on the second season of TUF: Bazil, but had to withdraw from the competition due to an injury. Prior to facing David Mitchell, Cabral’s last fight took place in September, 2011, when he tapped out Japanese legend Kazushi Sakurab at DREAM 17. Mitchell is the only opponent who has faced Cabral thus far and not been submitted.
It will be interesting to see who the UFC books to fight the emerging welterweight next.
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