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Ricardo Almeida talks CFFC 6, UFC, his comeback

Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo “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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Ricardo Almeida on CFFC 6 fight card

Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo “Cachorrao” Almeida (185 lb) has been signed to fight at CFFC 6 and will take on grappler Dennis “Superman” Hallman. Almeida has his own BJJ school in New Jersey and recently cornered both Dante Rivera and Gregor Gracie in their submission victories at CFFC 5.

Coming out of retirement (he’s only 30 yrs old), Almeida states “I felt the MMA chapter was not closed in my life, and I realized that if I were to fight again some day, it would have to be now,” he said. “Of course the fact that MMA has gotten so big helped, the direction the sport has taken is exciting.”

Read the release from GRACIE Mag here.

Almeida, a former King of Pancrase, has a submission victory over UFC Middleweight contender Nate Marquardt.

Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott is scheduled to main event CFFC 6.

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CFFC 5: Rhino issues apology to Renzo/Almeida

Besides talking about Kimbo’s explosive victory over Ray Mercer, fans are buzzing about the post-fight in-ring brawl between Rhino Fight Team and Renzo/Almeida. MMA purists think Alexis Aquino stepped over the line during the pre-fight introductions and by using questionable tactics during their bout. (read full details of the fight here)

Dante and RicardoThere was some bad blood leading up to the fight and Rhino Fight Team Manager Rob Guarino would like it to be known that things did get out of hand. He issued a statement of apology to fighter Dante Rivera and the entire Renzo/Almeida team.

“I apologize for the actions of my fighter Alexis Aquino that occurred before and during the fight on Saturday. In no way did he intend to disrespect Dante, Renzo, Ricardo, or anyone on their team” Rob stated.

“Alexis prepared for a war, an all out street fight. He knows the caliber of Dante’s skills and to take the belt away from him, Alexis had to mentally bring himself to a place that took no prisoners. His actions towards Dante were completely unscripted and surprised me,” Rob continued “Alexis has been with us (Rhino) for about 12 weeks… continuing to work on his mental game is just as important as his fighting skills”.

Regarding the post-fight brawl, Rob said, “I was hoping the drama between Dante and me would be squashed right after the fight, in the middle of the ring. I said ‘Good job man’ and reached out my hand to him…” As shown on the replay Dante didn’t care much for Rob’s words and gave Rob a palm shot that set off the brawl. (read full details of the fight here)

From my point of view, it really does seem the Guarino wants this beef to be over. I have no idea what happened between these guys, but ringside hostility like that may not be what fight promoters want at future events. While as a spectator it was cool to watch the chaos unfold, it’s the type of thing that can keep good fighters off a card and from getting the exposure they need to move to the next level. On a personal level, all of these guys live and train in my backyard. I would love to see more New Jersey fighters in the national spotlight.

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