(At least now fighting unarmed people seems easy by comparison. Photo courtesy of ChrisWilsonMMA.com)
UFC welterweight fighter Chris Wilson is, for the most part, a pretty laid back guy. But even for him it sounds like he’s a little too nonplussed about this home invasion robbery/kidnapping at gunpoint that happened to him recently. Wilson, who’s lived in Brazil on and off ever since his parents were Baptist missionaries there, was recently in Brazil with his wife and two kids training for his fight with Brock Larson at UFC 98. Everything was going fine, and then this happened:
"As I came into the apartment complex, a guy held me up at gunpoint and then he called his friends. And then a total of five people came up to the apartment. They were armed and my family was in the bathroom – I’ve got two kids – so it was just a terrible situation,"
“And then they cleaned out whatever they wanted. They were after small stuff, but they took our TV and my laptop, and jewelry. And they took some of the kids’ clothing and Nike tennis shoes, which are expensive down here. Then they put everything in my car, made me take them somewhere. It was just terrible. Wasn’t sure if I was coming back from that one. But it all worked out."
Man, first the bassist for Pearl Jam and now Chris Wilson. Is nobody safe?
And pardon me for asking but, what exactly does he mean by “it all worked out”? When you get held up at gunpoint, robbed, and kidnapped for a short time, that’s the point where things have stopped working out. Obviously Wilson was just glad to escape with his life, and you can’t blame him for that. Just seems like he’s really taking this whole thing in stride. I guess you either brush it off and move on, or else you put together a crack team of MMA commandos and go after the sons of bitches who took your laptop. I don’t think I have to tell you which of those options would make for a better action movie.
Thing is, he’s got to fight in a little over a week. He says he’s on point and ready, adding, “It’s just that kind of thing is a little bit heavy on your shoulders.”
But it’s not like he has much choice. If he doesn’t fight, he doesn’t get paid. And if he doesn’t get paid, how’s he supposed to replace those Nikes?