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Andre ‘Dida’ Amade and Brother Mauricio Veio Lucky to Be Alive Following Shooting in Toronto Last Month

(Dida demonstrating the importance of good head movement.)

A shooting that took place a few weeks ago outside of a popular MMA gym in Toronto came very close to ending the life of K-1 and DREAM standout Andre Amade.

Both Dida and his brother Mauricio Veio were getting into the vehicle of a student to catch a ride home after class on the afternoon of October 20 when a gunman shot two rounds into the back seat of the SUV they were sitting in.

The popular trainer of UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was grazed on the back of the head by one of the bullets while another student who was sitting beside him in the vehicle was hit in the arm.

Fortunately both men survived.

In spite of the ten staples he required to close the gash, Dida, who has since opened his own gym in Toronto is still planning to compete on Monday’s K-1 Max card against Hinata.

Here’s the story from

The tattoo Andre Dida carries in his left arm – Divine Protection – took effect last Oct. 20. After one of his training for his fight in K-1 MAX, Dida and his brother Mauricio came to accept a ride from a student at the academy where he taught in Canada.
By the time they were getting into the car, a shooting happened in front of the academy. Dida and a student who, like himself, was in the back seat, ended up being hit by gunfire.
The bullet grazed the back of his head, causing a cut that was closed with 10 points. In just three days, the leader of Evolution Thai back in training, even with the stitches in his head, he intends not to cancel his match, scheduled for 08 November, against the Japanese Hinata.
For everyone who supports me, rest assured because I am well trained and will give my best to represent Brazil and people that support me. The fact that occurred did not remove me from my goal, only made me stronger. I thank God for being alive and for allowing me to continue my path, "said Dida.

According to police, the shooting was likely targeted, but there has been no word as to whether or not the vehicle was the target or if it was simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Seoul Brother- November 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm
Alright, who let Rampage drink all the Four Loko?
MoTropolis- November 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm
I'd hate to think of what would've happened had Dida decided on the "Sepia Pride" tattoo over "Divine Protection".
NomadRip- November 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm
This post has comment of the week competition from several of you.
Fried Taco- November 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm
@darkfall - It's really hard to convince the Brazilian Yakuza of anything. They like to shoot first and drink piss later.
darkfall- November 5, 2010 at 11:27 am
Has anyone informed Machida that we don't take out other peoples trainers in order to get a title back?
Fried Taco- November 5, 2010 at 10:54 am
It just goes to show, you should never bring a gun to a BJJ fight.
agentsmith- November 5, 2010 at 10:45 am
I remember reading about that, but they didn't release their names at the time. They just said it was on Bloor near Christie Pits, so I figured right away that it was guys from Toronto BJJ.
Almost North- November 5, 2010 at 10:30 am
In the continuing Koscheck heel campaign, next weeks TUF episode will show him firing both shots from the grassy(snowy) knoll.

His douchtastic apology however will not make the cut. Hint: it begins with "I'm a big man"
The Mad Montrealer- November 5, 2010 at 10:28 am
Too bad he isn't deaf, I'm sure the injury would have been less severe with a soft head.
LOKI- November 5, 2010 at 10:20 am
Hope he didnt get treated by socialized medicine or hes gonna get the diverticulosis of the brain-pan.
RwilsonR- November 5, 2010 at 10:19 am
Damn! I bet these fuckers thought:
"Finally, we made it out of the favelas in Brazil with all the drugs, kidnappings and shootings. Where should we go? Probably somewhere safe, like Canada. They are so polite, and you never hear about anything bad ever happening there."