A few days removed from the second anniversary of the January 6th insurrection attempt at the US Capitol, similar scenes have erupted in Brasillia, Brazil.
However former president, Jair Bolsonaro – the man alleged to be at the center of the controversy – is far removed from the action (at the instruction of his lawyers). He’s currently holed up thousands of miles from home in Reunion, Florida, in a vacation house owned by former UFC featherweight champion José Aldo, while political opponent, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was sworn into office a week ago.
Though the political climate in the country is not expected to affect the UFC’s plans for UFC 283, if and when Bolsonaro returns to Brazil, he will face a number of ongoing investigations stemming from his time in office.
Aldo is one name on a long list of Bolsonaro supporters inside the Brazilian MMA community; he stands alongside Darren Till, Paulo Costa, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Rafael dos Anjos, Royce Gracie, and Ronaldo Souza in support of the former president.
This news comes just a month out from Aldo’s professional boxing debut in Rio de Janeiro on February 10.
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UFC Roster Watch
Fighters removed this week:
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Fighters Added this week:
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On this day in MMA…
On the 9th of January, 2010, Tony Halme, best remembered by the MMA community as the first opponent of Randy Couture in the UFC, died at the age of 47 years old from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Halme’s fight opposite Couture would serve as his final professional MMA bout.
On top of his mixed martial arts career, which ended in a total of 3 recorded wins and 7 losses, Halme dabbled as a professional wrestler in the early 1990s under the moniker of “Ludvig Borga” in the World Wrestling Federation, and also found fleeting success as a professional boxer, retiring with a 13-6 record.
Following his career in sports entertainment, Halme was somewhat surprisingly elected to Finnish Parliament, serving from 2003-2007 (but not without his share of controversy). He was alleged to be working on a book about his life at the time of his death.