The newest UFC champion, Jessica Andrade dealt with a scare in her native country of Brazil on Thursday morning as she and her wife were robbed at gunpoint.
Fernanda Gomes, Andrade’s wife, shared on Facebook that the couple had been driving in their Honda HRV in Niteroi before the car was stopped and they were robbed of their smartphones and the vehicle by perpetrators with guns.
“She’s okay,” Andrade’s manager, Tiago Okamura told MMA Junkie. “They took her documents, they took the car, they took phones, so we just spent the day doing paperwork and canceling credit cards… She did a [police] report, and also people are looking for the car. But right now, we’re just glad that nothing bad happened. Nothing major that can’t be regained. Both her and her wife are safe, so that’s all that matters.
“They were a bit shook, so I didn’t get into much detail. We just had to make sure the damage wasn’t bigger than it was, so that was the main work for the day. They are traveling to the U.S. in a couple of weeks [for a holiday], and Jessica had her passport on her, so we had to sort that out too.”
Despite the incident, the strawweight champ doesn’t have any plans to pack up and leave her country.
“She’s not going to be the first one [to be robbed], she’s not going to be the last one – it’s just unfortunate,” Okamura said. “She has her whole structure down there. She has her whole team, so I think it would be a terrible problem to move them. She’s got a great structure there. We have some of the best coaches there training with her on a daily basis. Her family is there. As much as there is crime there, it’s safer than Rio.”
Jessica Andrade won the UFC strawweight title at the beginning of the month at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro when she knocked out Rose Namajunas with a devastating slam in the second-round. She has yet to have her first title defense scheduled.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/30/2019