Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida is making his return to MMA, and doing so via the CFFC cage. MMAWeekly recently caught up with the former King of Pancrase in a touching interview…
Notable comments from Almeida:
Joe Silva [UFC Matchmaker] invited me back to the UFC to be a part of TUF [The Ultimate Fighter] 4 for the chance to fight for the title. I remember Matt Serra called me and was like, “Let’s go together Big Dog; it will be like old times!” I loved fighting for the UFC, I think Dana [White, UFC President] and the Fertitta Brothers [Lorenzo and Frank, UFC Owners] are visionaries and revolutionaries, but 6 weeks away from my family [to tape the show] was a big turndown.
MMAWeekly: Why did you choose the CFFC over events such as the UFC, EliteXC or even the IFL?
Almeida: As far as why Cage Fury Fighting [Championships], there’s plenty of good reasons… CFFC is paying what I think is deserved of my time and dedication, as others agreed to as well, but again, that’s only one of the reasons… I always felt like I owed my students and local crowd a good live performance.
I instantly got along with CFFC President Felix Martinez, who made me a written proposal by email, and things just moved forward from there. So far it has been a great experience; I have a lot of faith in that organization. I think they are a great addition to the MMA scene.
I feel MMA is going through big evolution now, look at guys like Sean Sherk, Nick Diaz, Anderson Silva or Dan Henderson, they are amazing. I just want to be a part of this evolution, learn from being in there. Pressure — never! Motivation — tons!
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And I thought Anderson and Hermes had sick knees, Wanderlei defines violence in the ring.
Good luck Liddell, you’re gonna need it.
Couture is a great spokesmen for UFC and MMA in general (Dana should take some lessons from him).
NBCSports has a quick interview to hear Randy’s take on the Tito/Rashad fight and how is training is going to defend his title against Gonzaga.
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“Absolutely agree with Big John’s call on the fence”
“I was very impressed with Sean Sherk”
“Anderson Silva is as graceful as anyone you’ll ever see in the octagon”
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What: UFC 76
When: Sat. Sept 22nd
Where: Anaheim, CA
Fight starts: PPV starts at 10pm
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida
- Jon Fitch vs. Diego Sanchez
- Mike Swick vs. Chris Leben
- Evan Tanner vs. ???
This card will be updated as fights are signed and confirmed.
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Holy crap this is funny. Besides Spider Silva, Franklin also fears horror movies.
Well done Fightlinker, well done indeed.
The guys over at 15rounds.com have a laundry list of quotes from various Dana White interviews post UFC 73. The guy does a damn good job of keeping the MMA rumor mill churning.
“I am very confident that we’ll have an HBO deal very soon.”
“Cro Cop said if he beats Cheik Congo he wants Nogueira”
“Would like to make the Wanderlei Silva vs Chuck Liddell for September”
“Gurgel and Surata was fight of the night”
“Hayato Sakurai is joining the UFC. We’re ready as soon as he is. He’ll fight at 170.”
“BJ Penn is next for Sherk. In November”
“Hope to have Fedor fighting in the UFC at the end of 2007 or early 2008”
“Henderson vs Rampage will be for both belts. It is a unification bout. Undisputed champ.”
“Nogueira is one of the best fighters in the world. We’re going to put him in with someone very exciting”
“Silva is a killer. Marquardt is very good, but Silva came down strong.”
Saw this posted first on FiveOuncesofPain