Real fight breaks out during grappling match after ‘incident’
Things get heated quickly in this grappling match between former PRIDE fighter Ricardo Arona and grappler Kareem Barkalev after the pair exchange slaps which causes a fight to break out, forcing the officials to separate the two men (and it takes quite a few!).
You see Barkalev sort of starts it by trying to grab a hold of Arona’s head so fast it is pretty much a slap. Whether he intended to strike Arona or not is not clear but Arona was not having it. He returned the strike HARD and before you know it an all out brawl is underway with Barkalev throwing kicks at Arona and Arona putting his hands up ready to strike back.
It takes many officials to separate the two men in this grappling match from the quarterfinals of the ADCC championships in 2000, and luckily they are able to do so without any major damage being done.
In a nice showing of class at the end, we see the pair shake hands before resuming the match, which Arona would win on points before going on to win the entire ADCC Under 99 kg Championship that year.
Ricardo Arona wasn’t just a grappler either. He fought in MMA and was one of the top middleweights in PRIDE FC during its heyday. He beat some tough guys too like Alistair Overeem, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson as well as Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
ABOUT RICARDO ARONA:
Ricardo Arona (born July 17, 1978) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist. He has competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships and RINGS in his mixed martial arts career, and was a member of Brazilian Top Team. He is the former RINGS Middleweight Champion, as well as the 2001 RINGS Middleweight Championship Tournament Winner, and 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Runner-Up. In submission wrestling, he holds an undefeated record of 13-0, never losing a single point in a match, and is a three-time ADCC Champion. [Source: Wiki]