Man sentenced to 16 years in prison for murder of UFC fighter Raulian Paiva’s girlfriend

Paiva and Alves fled a nightclub when Zacheu and another guy, Johny de Souza Amoras, attempted to start a brawl with him.

This is according to a report from Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. When the light turned red, Paiva halted his motorbike and the automobile struck him. Alves’ helmet malfunctioned during the fall, and the vehicle pulled her “at least 65 feet.” After six days, Alves passed away.

“Zacheu was in the passenger’s seat of the car that struck Paiva’s motorcycle from behind. Amoras, who was allegedly driving the car, was a fugitive since 2019, but was arrested a day before Zacheu’s trial. He’s expected to go to trial in 2023.”

This happened on October 21, 2018, in Santana, Brazil. Elber Nunes Zacheu was found guilty of killing Raulian Paiva’s fiancée Tieli Alves and was given a 16-year and 4-month jail term.

Charges of attempted murder and striking a guy with a bottle are also part of his sentence.

In response to the crime he committed, Paiva said: “That’s not enough time for what he did, the crime he committed, but justice is being done.”

“Justice is flawed in Brazil, but I hope he pays for what he did. We can’t do anything else. We’re happy he’ll be in prison. Not for long, but he will be in prison. Nothing will bring Tieli back to life, but at least he’ll stay in prison for 16 years.”

“Now we’ll wait for Johny’s trial next year, and we hope he gets at least 20 years. He’s the one that was driving the car and did what he did to us.”

Just two months before the incident, Paiva secured a place on the UFC roster by beating Allan Nascimento on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Paiva has now competed for the UFC six times, dividing his results between three victories and three defeats. He has a 21-5 record in professional mixed martial arts overall. Since his defeat against Sergey Morozov in June, he hasn’t fought.