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A Video Look at Ricardo Arona

We reported earlier that Ricardo Arona might be fighting again very soon, so in the spirit of Ricardo jumping back into the fray, let’s check out a couple of his battles.

First, the Arona/Rampage Jackson fight from 2004, which went down at PRIDE – Critical Countdown and was cloaked in controversy. At the 1:10 mark, Arona lands a kick and several shots to Rampage’s melon that seems to temporarily KO Jackson. After pleading with the ref to stop the fight before Rampage pulled it together, Arona found himself again on the bottom-side of the grappling match. Exactly a minute later, Rampage power-slams Arona — which included an accidental, yet illegal head-butt — to end the fight.

And here’s Arona’s last fight, which happened at PRIDE 34 around a year ago. In case your memory is as shitty as mine, the handy internet tells us that Arona got KTFO by Sokoudjou at 1:59 of the first round.

Here’s hoping when Arona comes back he retains the form he showed against guys like Kazushi Sakuraba, Dean Lister, Dan Henderson, Murilo Rua, Guy Mezger, and Jeremy Horn (twice). Only time will tell

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Steve-O- April 10, 2008 at 5:48 am
way to go.....show arona getting his ass kicked twice, sure know how to promote a great fighter that not nearly enough people know about
Noah- April 9, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Ricardo Arona is definitely a badass and his fight with Sokoudjou doesn't show it. I'm sorry, but the Rampage fight was legit. Headbutt or not, Arona was done after that slam. Rampage was in trouble, but obviously, he's one tough SOB. Arona deserves much credit though, he's a threat to anyone.
haha- April 9, 2008 at 11:02 pm
couture had a nice headbutt too =D
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