Fighter in Brazil murdered in gym by cop


Luiz de Franca, a Brazilian 3-0 welterweight, was shot dead Monday morning inside a BJJ and fitness Alta Performance gym in Natal, Brazil. Alta Performance houses Kimura Nova Uniao, an affiliate of the famed Nova Uniao.

Guilherme Cruz has the story for MMAFighting.

The main suspect in the murder is a police lieutenant who used to train at the Alta Performance gym, but he was excluded 15 days ago because "he was too violent." The local police told G1 that the crime was caught on tape, but they have yet to detail if it was actually a cop that killed the 25-year-old MMA fighter.

Alta Performance is located 13 miles away from the arena that will host a UFC Fight Night card headlined by Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson on March 23.

De Franca started his MMA career as an amateur in early 2012 at the Tuff-N-Uff cage, training with Wanderlei Silva is Las Vegas.

"I’m really sad," Wanderlei Silva posted on Facebook. "Luiz de Franca, who trained with us in Las Vegas for almost a year, was brutally murdered this Monday morning in Natal. He was only 25 and never got himself in trouble. He was a good kid."

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MMAJunkie provided further details.

Police chief Silvio Fernando told Globo that a police officer suspected of the killing gave an incriminating statement.

Iranildo Felix, a lieutenant in the military police, couldn’t account for his activity Monday and had a “weak” alibi during questioning, said Fernando.

Franca, 25, was hit multiple times by a .40-caliber pistol from an assailant alleged to be a former student of the academy.

Two weeks prior, the student had been expelled from the academy for getting into street fights, said Nova Uniao head trainer Andre Pederneiras.

Pederneiras said that Franca trained with the man, but chose to expel him for fighting and returned his monthly membership payment.

The assailant reportedly walked up to the academy, fired several shots on the academy’s doorstep, killing Franca on the spot, and then fled on a motorcycle with another person.

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iwatchsomemma site profile image  

2/11/14 2:24 PM by iwatchsomemma

Some cops are just too much.I thought it was to protect and serve, but that's American and it's not always what they do sadly.

Donoghue88 site profile image  

2/11/14 1:41 PM by Donoghue88

Fucking insane, has to be more to this

RAMP site profile image  

2/11/14 12:41 PM by RAMP

Hopefully the Cop in question, if found guilty, will get sent to prison and face the life of a Cop in Prison.

Phil999 site profile image  

2/11/14 9:55 AM by Phil999

Seriously?Just for fun type this in google:Cop shoots wifeor just:Cop shoots

dannyapodaca site profile image  

2/11/14 9:52 AM by dannyapodaca

Thought for sure it would have been chael

Kneeblock site profile image  

2/11/14 9:49 AM by Kneeblock

Bad lieutenant for real.

Aaron Becker site profile image  

2/11/14 8:47 AM by Aaron Becker

only in Brazil will you see cops doing this

Fryedtakyama owns me, it's normal site profile image  

2/10/14 10:20 PM by Fryedtakyama owns me, it's normal


ChaosOverkill site profile image  

2/10/14 10:17 PM by ChaosOverkill

How very sane and rational

Jotunblod site profile image  

2/10/14 10:13 PM by Jotunblod

our cops have nothing on brazil cops.