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UFC staff robbed in Brazil.

By Rafael Bandayrel

Employees of the UFC were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, according to president Dana White, per ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

White revealed that the employees lost personal belongings including phones, wallets and passports, but no injuries were reported.

ESPN also reported that Brazilian police arrived on the scene to review security camera footage.

UFC is in Rio de Janeiro for Saturday's UFC 224 pay-per-view event, at Jeunesse Arena. Meanwhile, no athletes are known to be involved in the incident. The UFC 224 official weigh-in is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

The card will feature Brazil's own Amanda Nunes who is set to defend her women's bantamweight championship, in the main event against Raquel Pennington. Meanwhile, the Octagon return of MMA legends Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort will kick-off the event's main card.

This is the second consecutive pay-per-view event that has been impacted by a criminal incident. Last month's UFC 223 press event in Brooklyn was terrorized by former champion Conor McGregor which resulted to the Irishman's arrest. McGregor currently faces multiple charges of assault and criminal mischief.

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UFC president Dana White said he would pay Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor $25mn apiece and a cut of pay-per-view proceeds to fight (AFP Photo/Michael Reaves)

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