With Brazilian UFC star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua robbed in his own country, are World Cup fans safe?
Let’s face it — the country of Brazil isn’t exactly Disneyland, unless we’re talking about Pirates of the Caribbean or something. A country where gangs have military weapons in their arsenal, and gang shootouts with police in the middle of street (during broad daylight) is nothing new to the embattled country where they are hosting the 2014 World Cup.
Brazilian officials claim the country is safe for visitors, but with former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, how safe can Brazil be?
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By now, most MMA fans know that Rua — one of Brazil’s top MMA stars — was robbed of his car, money and clothes (crazy), and was sent on his way. Allegedly one of the crooks even recognized Shogun, but they still jacked him for all he had. So, if celebrities in their own country aren’t safe, why should tourists and World Cup goers feel safe?
Answer is: they shouldn’t.
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No mace, pepper spray, or any weapon of any sort (short of a tank that is) will help against Brazil’s terrorists. It’s one of those places you can be at the right place at the right time, and something could still go bad.
TMZ and other paparazzi caught up with UFC star Nick Diaz, and asked him what he would do. He said being in the United States is one thing, but “that’s the reason I don’t go to Brazil or Mexico.”
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Smart man, guess Rua will have to rethink living in his own country. There’s a few spots where Disneyland is located in a city called Anaheim, California which isn’t so bad. Or Malibu. Maybe Beverly Hills. Heck anywhere in the States is probably safer than Brazil.
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