Former heavyweight champion Rizzo eyes return to UFC

by Ariel Helwani | source:

MMA Fighting recently caught up with veteran Pedro Rizzo at the Team Nogueira Training Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "The Rock" talked about the atmosphere at UFC Rio, Anderson Silva's performance against Yushin Okami, his desire to get one last shot in the UFC and the charity work he does in Brazil.

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jhendo79 site profile image  

9/1/11 2:00 PM by jhendo79

Barnett said it best "He takes a shot to give a shot and you can't withdraw from that account for too long"Even back in the day when he was training in Amsterdam he tried to make a phone call home, but could not remember his phone number from being concussed, and that was before his UFC run.His fight with Big Daddy and Shammy he looked real slow, his striking was good but still looked slower then usual and was still doing the frankenstein arms forward defence.

BradGluckman site profile image  

9/1/11 12:54 PM by BradGluckman

 One of my favorite fighters back in the day but his jaw is completely shot

Stryfe1982 site profile image  

9/1/11 12:52 PM by Stryfe1982

Rizzo was my first favorite MMA fighter. Dude is seriously a bad mf'er. I think he was the best fighter to never win a belt.Sadly though, his chin is shot. He can't take a punch anymore. His chin used to be as solid as you could get.

jhendo79 site profile image  

9/1/11 12:47 PM by jhendo79

he hasn't been knocked out too many times, but the ones he got were BROOTAL! also has taken alot of hard shots and has had years of hard sparring and training.I hope he can get back in the cage. He was one of my favorite fighters but I don't see it happening.He's the Pele of the Heavyweights.

Datguy site profile image  

9/1/11 12:21 PM by Datguy

That guys been KO'd too many times. Would rather see him hang it up.

Rick Danko site profile image  

9/1/11 11:43 AM by Rick Danko

I respect Pedro, but I doubt he makes it back.

Deaf Forever site profile image  

9/1/11 11:38 AM by Deaf Forever

Complete badass. Insane how he's only a year older than Anderson.

The Cats Pajamas site profile image  

9/1/11 11:36 AM by The Cats Pajamas

 it's really sad when guys just don't get that they've been passed by

NYmmanow265 site profile image  

9/1/11 11:03 AM by NYmmanow265

he needs to fight more he hasn't fought in a year .......I do think he should be the guy who fights fedor next....maybe pro elite vs arlovski/sylvia

PKH site profile image  

9/1/11 11:00 AM by PKH

 One of my all time favorites.  Uncrowned UFC heavyweight champion.