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Shogun Rua's Trainer Survives Recent Gunshot to Head, Will Fight Nov. 8

Andre "Dida" Amade has a tattoo on his arm that reads "Divine Protection," and the Dream veteran and K-1 fighter must have felt that someone from above was looking over him after he recently survived a gunshot to the head.

Dida, who has a 6-5-1 record in MMA and has faced notables including Eddie Alvarez, Gesias "JZ" Calvancante and KJ Noons, was one of two men shot in Toronto on Oct. 20, just in front of a gym, Toronto MMA . The bullet grazed his head and required 10 stitches to close, according to Brazilian site Portal do Vale Tudo.

Dida returned to training three days later, and plans to go through with his K-1 Max matchup against Hinata on Nov. 8.

"For everyone who supports me, rest assured because I am well trained and will give my best to represent Brazil and people that support me," he told Portal do Vale Tudo. "The fact that occurred did not remove me from my goal, only made me stronger. I thank God for being alive and for allowing me to continue my path."

In addition to being a fighter himself, Dida is an important piece of UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's training camp as his muay thai trainer.

Rua, meanwhile, continues to recover from knee surgery that has him out until at least spring 2011.

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