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(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?

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virpz- October 5, 2009 at 11:52 am
@Da truth

the title for that movie is Elite Squad
veeeery good, must watch
Da Truth- May 18, 2009 at 9:11 am
Brazil is one of the most dangerous places in the world...Rio is a battleground. watch a little movie called 'Tropa De Elite'
Dmonicideals- May 16, 2009 at 9:02 am
That is why the first thing you do when you get to any foreign land is buy a fucking gun. The white man is teh DEBOL! in every part of the world, we are apparently teh cause of everyones suffering.


Glad to see he is okay, that could have ended badly.

I, personally, when they had me in the car driving them around, woudl have donr some crazy movie-like stunt driving and flug them all from the car in an amazing crash in which I didn't receive so much as a tousled hair on my head.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- May 16, 2009 at 8:10 am
Hey LockDown how about you shut the fuck up? Get some cohesion to your sentences. They are better than 90% of the people who come on here, or used to come on here before the signup, but you just shut the fuck up.
LockDown- May 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm
Well, I dunno but I think it happened in Rio. Rio is just like any other metropolis in the world, it's a dangerous place specially for the foreigners. People realize who is foreigner and who is not. Of course the thefts were aware about Wilson's location. The good thing is he and his family are alright.
LockDown- May 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm
@rokabee

You, my friend, are a real douche.
So you mean if UFC bring a show down there they will all get robbed?
Get a life, Brandon Vera had a gun in front of his eyes, Charles Bennett was envolved in a lot of crimes and guess what, they're American.

Just STFU for god sake.
rokabee- May 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm
I would of punched them all in the throat.
Miles- May 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Lol, I agree that it is pretty easy to figure out what "it all worked out" means. Him and his family are alive and unhurt, and all they lost was some Nikes.
Surfin Dave- May 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm
It's a fairly common occurrence in parts of Brazil these days. Kind of like being bummed you got a traffic ticket and had to pay the fine, but things worked out in okay in the end. And you do not want to try and fight back, these guys are armed very well and have even more buddies that will be even more armed and can show up very quickly.
rokabee- May 15, 2009 at 11:17 am
And you wonder why the UFC hasn't put on any events there recently..
Harry Russo- May 15, 2009 at 11:01 am
Brazil can be ghetto like that. Good to hear no one got hurt.
mayhem- May 15, 2009 at 10:33 am
Time to move the hell outta that area.
Those guys were obviously waiting for him to come home, who knows if they would come back the next time when he is NOT around.
Fucklord- May 15, 2009 at 9:34 am
Are you a fucking retard "it all worked out" clearly means none of his family were kidnapped and/or killed. I know you're trying to add substance to your regurgitated news but good god, are you fucking dumb or what
d0zer- May 15, 2009 at 9:22 am
Looks like he should have done some more Silat and Krav Maga training. He could have gone Jason Bourne on their asses.
WILDCARD- May 15, 2009 at 9:18 am
It all worked out because his wife and kids are safe. In the end, yes, it worked out. Could have been a hell of a lot worst.
Ben - You must not have kids.
LoneWolf- May 15, 2009 at 9:15 am
That sux. At least hes ok....things could have always been worse....
Meohfumado- May 15, 2009 at 9:14 am
Damn those Nike bastards. Don't they know how much physical and psychological trauma the need for those frakin' shoes have caused millions!?!?
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