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Arona Negotiating for UFC Debut, Report Says

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Here’s one for the Pride nerds out there: A report from on Saturday says the UFC may have softened its stance on Ricardo Arona enough to slide a contract his way some time in the near future.  This news comes after a report by last year quoted company president Dana White saying some not-so-complimentary things about the streaky light heavyweight.  Now Arona says he hopes to make his Octagon debut by October or November.

The report cites “a pair of brief meetings over the last couple of days” and says Arona was set to meet with the bossman after the conclusion of UFC 114. For his part, Arona is talking about it like it’s almost a done deal.

"It’s going to be great, because everyone is waiting for it, especially me," he said. "I really want to come here to the UFC."

Arona hasn’t fought for a major MMA organization since 2007 and after more than two years away from the ring entirely, returned last August to defeat all-purpose fall-guy Marvin Eastman by decision in Bitetti Combat 4 in Rio de Janeiro.

After starting on a 7-1 tear in Pride from 2001-2005, Arona lost three of his last four fights with the company. Though he advanced to the final of the Pride Grand Prix in 2005, he is also arguably most famous for being on the receiving end of one of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s notable career highlights: The powerbomb slam that ended their fight at “Critical Countdown” in June of 2004.

Since 2006, what MMAFighting terms a “series of injuries and illnesses” has limited his activity and Arona has fought just three times in the last four years. Reports out last year indicated he might sign a deal with Strikeforce, but that contract never materialized.

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jimbonics- June 1, 2010 at 6:24 am
Remember when the UFC 'bought' Pride?

rite_leg_ospitahl- May 31, 2010 at 7:40 pm
okay look when i saw this crap about arona i was excited. im all for brazilians tattoos and ground and pound. for me arona looked good on paper. looked up some videos read some articles and did some research, and after all that my mood switch to one of dissapointment. granted he fought in pride when everybody in pride was "good". to say hes one sided it true but however so is rashad, rampage, machida, chuck , randy... ah hell the whole 205 weight class in ufc. i think his game plan or style however u term it will work just fine in ufc or as good as anyother. but that just discredits the weight class. i mean honestly the 205 weight class has turned into washed up pride guys vs. rashad anyway. long story short hell win a few and lose a few but it will be just another pride legend let down like wandy.
fatbellyfrank- May 31, 2010 at 1:40 am
Mr Misanthropy, very well said my friend, when it all comes down, the person you gotta be most brutal with is yourself, otherwise you can bullshit yourself into a lifetime of mediocrity.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 31, 2010 at 12:33 am
Sometimes people try to cling to their past and the moments of near greatness that are long behind them. It takes a lot of hard introspection and true desire to honestly assess yourself and realize what exactly it is that is required of you to achieve your goals. It is much easier to think that you used to have something and that you just need to bring it back than it is to realize that you never really had it to begin with. People hold themselves back. Being dishonest to yourself about your skills and abilities truly hurts yourself the most and limits the ability to move forward.
fatbellyfrank- May 31, 2010 at 12:04 am
LockDown Says:
Mon, 05/31/2010 - 13:02
Arona is gonna get murdered.
He was in a long layoff and his performance against Eastman was far from impressive. Also, his gameplan wont work against new generation LHW.
Maybe if UFC give him low level fighters in his 3 first fights he can stand a chance, otherwise he will get pummeled.
This is an interesting point of view in light of comments made during the Sanchez /Hathaway fight, where the commentary team suggested that the evolution of MMA has been so rapid that the skill set of Hathaway had evolved way past what Sanchez, winner of TUF #1 possesed, and maybe had ever possessed?anyone else got any thoughts on this one?

DazedNConfused- May 31, 2010 at 12:01 am
Well... Arona is a big LHW, but I think he's a little too one dimensional to compete with the upper-echelon of the UFC's LHW division. Although I'd love to see him break a couple arms. Maybe a rematch with Quinton Jackson since Quinton aint got shit to do.
Dr Garbo- May 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm
The sentimental Pride-rememberer in me says "Awesome!"... The cynical realist in me says " Arona's one dimension worked in pride...but the UFC now is a whole different ballgame".

P.S- Poopcycle
yerdoneson- May 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm
is this the mystery man that renzo gracie was talking about in his q&a for one of the recent ufc events?
LockDown- May 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm
Arona is gonna get murdered.
He was in a long layoff and his performance against Eastman was far from impressive. Also, his gameplan wont work against new generation LHW.
Maybe if UFC give him low level fighters in his 3 first fights he can stand a chance, otherwise he will get pummeled.
Almost North- May 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm
How about a Mt Rushmore tattoo with all the presidents faces replaced by fat Elvis/Johnny Cash faces? That way its still an MMA tat.
HEY- May 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm
Mr_Misanthropy- May 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm
@ Northish

The worst part is I'm going to have to figure out how to get my Strikeforce back tattoo covered up and that shit isn't cheap. Right now it's a toss up between Mt. Rushmore or a group photo of the Traveling Wilbury's.
HEY- May 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Arona beat Fedor once upon a time, although the judges for that bout thought otherwise. Guess Arona didn't know they awarded points for getting beat up on the ground.
Almost North- May 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

*awkwardly holds up surfboard in front of the bland Strikeforce interview backdrop that looks like a high school yearbook set* "yeah uh so today what I brought with me is my surfboard, its uh like what I do when i'm not training"

Strickeforce follows this up with a clip of the Rampage slam and something stupid said by Gus Johnson.

How are they not the top MMA organization already?
Rampages Conscience- May 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Was that Tatame article for real? With all the spelling and grammar mistakes in it I feel as though it could have been written by a retarded 4th grader who is trying to type in a different language.
nicey- May 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm
it would be nice to see arona's teeth knocked out.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm
It looks like he was getting ready for Strikeforce Challengers and he brought his surf board along for show and tell.
sevvi- May 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Let's hope this is true and he really joins UFC.
tmoney1987- May 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm
hell yeah i would love to see him in there!!!