… ‘Glad Everyone’s Ok’
One of the people robbed at gunpoint outside the UFC 224 host hotel in Brazil is a famous MMA manager, who tells TMZ Sports … the robbers shoved their weapons right in their faces.
Very scary moment for Brian Butler-Au — who manages big fighters like Max Holloway — and is in Rio to support his fighter, Brian “BOOM” Kelleher, who’s fighting on the main card at UFC 224.
Butler-Au says he was at a table on the beach with roughly 10 other people when the 3 men with guns rushed over and pulled out weapons.
“This guy walked up beside me … he pulled out this handgun that had an extended magazine on it, put it up in my face and then he grabbed my phone.”
Butler-Au says the 3 men — none of whom were wearing masks — ordered everyone to hand over their valuables … and even ripped a necklace right off one of the women at the table.
“It happened really fast, but also in slow motion,” Butler-Au says.
Eventually, the gunmen sprinted to a getaway car and fled the scene. Butler-Au says his group went right back to their hotel and started working with UFC security and local police.
“Everybody is supportive. UFC has been very good, very supportive.”