Arona needs knee sugery, aims for UFC once recovered


Ricardo Arona, 35, was one of the most dominant fighters in Pride FC, with wins over Alistair Overeem, Wanderlei Silva, Sakuraba, and Dan Henderson, among many others. Since Pride died in 2007, Arona has fought just once, beating Marvin Eastman by UD in Brazil in 2009.

Arona met with UFC president Dana White in 2010, and was told with one more win, he would get a UFC contract. What happened?

MMAFighting's Rio-based Guilherme Cruz has the story.

"When Pride was over I didn’t negotiate with the UFC," said Arona. "I wanted to take some time off... I competed professionally since I was 15, and when I was 30 I needed to stop. Pride was over and I decided to stop and look to the MMA market, to see where I’d fit. I fought again two years later, at Bitetti Combat, but I torn the ACL in the first round. I fought two more rounds, so it took me almost two years to heal."

"When I decided to fight again, I started to train with my friend Paulo Filho, but I injured my other knee. I’ve tore the ligaments of my other knee and I will have to go on surgery again. I will do the surgery by the end of the year, so I will need to take some time off to be at 100 percent again. That’s the reason I’m not fighting yet. I have to heal everything to return."

"UFC is the goal of every fighter, and that’s my goal. I don’t know if I’ll need one or two more fights to get there, but I’m not worried. UFC is the goal, and I will be ready to get there. The only chance I won’t fight again is if my body can’t do it anymore. But I had a knee surgery before and healed well, so I believe my other knee will be 100 percent. I know time flies, but I also believe in my experience. Everything will be alright.

"I believe my recovery will take a year and I should be able at least to decide what’s next at the end of 2014. Will I return fighting jiu-jitsu, submission or straight to MMA? I expect to be ready to fight in one year after the surgery, but if it takes more than a year I’m okay with that too. No rush. I need to get ready to return at 100 percent and that’s what matters."

"Every athlete lives with the money they get from sponsors and purses, and I haven’t competed recently, but I have Quiksilver and Moskova as sponsors and they support me a lot."

"I’m building a structure where I can train and get ready to compete. I want to have at my house everything a fighter needs to be able to compete at the highest level without leaving Itacoatiara. I have everything I need here. I live in peace, thinking about my projects. I can stay healthy using the nature, like the mountains and the sea. It would be tougher to do it in the city, and that’s why I love to live here."

"I have a lot of good guys to help me here, but I also want my friends to help me, like Anderson Silva, Rodrigo 'Minotauro', Amaury Bitetti, Rogerio 'Minotouro', Paulo Filho and many others. I will also go to Rio de Janeiro to train with them, but I don’t want to need to go there to train like I needed in the past."

"My weight is the same for 10 years. I weigh 205 pounds and have always weighed that."

"I’m capable of beating any fighter. I’ve proven it already. I only need to be 100 percent to do it. Today, I can’t beat any of them. That’s the reality. But I believe a lot in myself. I’ve fought fighters from every weight class. Doing the right thing, I have a chance against any of them. Most of the fighters today (in the UFC) lose because they make mistakes, not because the other one if better than them."

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GarlicSauce site profile image  

10/15/13 7:22 PM by GarlicSauce

He certainly deserves it, but time isn't always abundantly available, unfortunately.

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10/15/13 4:59 PM by ocbadapple

if u want to tell him he a liar to his face then thats on you, but Im 195, and hes much bigger than me

rockwell site profile image  

10/15/13 4:12 PM by rockwell

Would love to see him return to fighting

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

10/15/13 11:07 AM by ranier wolfcastle

i was always bummed that he rarely even attempted subs despite havin a black belt forever

nhbmark2 site profile image  

10/15/13 7:22 AM by nhbmark2

He was a great fighter back in the day, a real mean streak.With all that time off, and 35 years old, how's he going to do against the elite in the light heavyweight division?I for one would love to see him come and do well.

Tilla site profile image  

10/15/13 5:01 AM by Tilla

I've always said this.Arona would probably snap Jon's legs with a kick. His Wrestling and BJJ game would give Jon fits!

gokudamus stole my name iv site profile image  

10/15/13 2:00 AM by gokudamus stole my name iv

36 years old, one win in 7 years, and recurring terrible knee injuries requiring major surgery does not sound like a recipe for a comeback.

Wasa-B site profile image  

10/15/13 1:57 AM by Wasa-B

Wouldn't say he was small but not the monster LHW people thought. Look at him compared to wand and rampage who were not huge LHWs then look at wand/rampage vs chuck. Arona had a similar frame to wand and vitor

UGCTT_Reco Groman site profile image  

10/15/13 12:12 AM by UGCTT_Reco Groman

Arona is my all time favorite fighter.That being said--we will never see him fight, and you are somewhat delusional on this.You are completely delusional on everything else you post.

teamquestnorth site profile image  

10/14/13 10:30 PM by teamquestnorth

Cant take 2 to 3 minutes to read an article about a pride legend?