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Ricardo Arona Taking a Page Out of James Toney’s Playbook

(Dude, can I finish taking a piss before we talk about this?)

Former PRIDE middleweight champion Ricardo Arona is planning his return to the UFC, even if the promotion hasn’t decided whether or not they want him.

"The Brazilian Tiger" told TATAME that he is planning another trip to Las Vegas this weekend to attend UFC 116 so he can meet again with Dana White to discuss with the UFC president the prospect of one day fighting in the UFC’s Octagon.

It worked for James Toney, so why not for a guy who was once one of the top competitors at 205 in PRIDE?

According to Arona, the first meeting didn’t yield the results he wanted, so he’s taking the "if at first you don’t succeed" approach.

"I told him I wanted to fight on his event I and wanted to know what the odds of fighting on UFC were. He was pretty cool, told me he liked me and it could be a good idea, but that he would have to check it with UFC’s matchmaker, Joe Silva. My idea is to get back there, watch another event and talk to him again. There were no promises made, what happened [last time] was [we had] a nice talk about something that could happen in the future."

Still recovering from a knee injury he sustained in his decision win over Marvin Eastman in Bitetti Combat last September, Arona says that White mentioned he would like to see him take another bout before deciding on whether or not  to sign him.

“Due to my knee injury, I’ll only be able to fight on the end of the year. [Dana] commented something about me doing a fight before joining UFC’s crew, but there was no promise."

Considering the overall lack of dominance fighters from PRIDE have demonstrated in the UFC, coupled with the fact that that Arona is 31 years old, 2-3 in his last five fights and has only fought three times since 2006, I can understand the UFC’s reluctance to jump at the opportunity to sign him, but something in me wants to see the rubbermatch between him and Shogun.

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Dick_Misanthropenis- June 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm
Hey Buddy, I thimk that was called sarcasm...
rite leg ospitahl- June 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm
is that dr. cat serious? or is it "say the absolute opposite and look like a jack ass day?" i mean i give u the fact that most of them are passed prime, but they make up the L.h. division. them rich franklin and rashad. therefore they are at the top of their division so.... it is what it is. on the subject though, arona has only lost to fedor, or at least they said he did. rampage, he's one and one with wandy, got foot stomp to face from rua, and got caught cleanly by sokoudjou. i mean give the guy a chance. not shabby losses. little known facts: he's beat tito in take town tournaments beat vitor in something along those lines. made overeem tap due to strikes...
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm
New Capshun:

"Yo dog! I just beated Marvin da Beastmehn Eastmehn. Signs me up, nigga! Respeck!"
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm
We all know Bob Sapp could kick everybody's ass if he really wanted too anyway, he's just too nice. He'd rather sit at home and play with his My Little Ponies than get punched repeatedly in the face.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm
I was going to make the same point as Dr. except I am aware that Lyoto never fought in Pride. Dan Henderson, both Nogueiras, and Wanderlei have at least been competitive with the top of their divisions, and Cro Cop isn't a total can these days (just mostly totalish). This contention that I have heard bandied aboot that Pride Fighters are near universal washouts in the UFC is balderdash.
jimbonics- June 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm
HILARIOUS photo caption...

...if there were a photo to go along with it.
Dr.- June 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm
"Considering the overall lack of dominance fighters from PRIDE have demonstrated in the UFC..."

Anderson Silva - not really dominant
Shogun - not doing much right now
Machida - didn't really beat anyone before becoming champ
Rampage (before Forrest) - never amounted to much

Among others.

Even though there have been some dogs that came over, saying there is a lack, isn't quite accurate.
T_Durden- June 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm
My point was Arona didn't get knocked out by the was Rampage's abnormal forehead smashing him in the face. re-watch the fight.

Matt Hughes' slam on Carlos Newton=Slam KnockOut, Rampage's Slam on Arona=Headbutt KnockOut.
T_Durden- June 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm
How the hell does my comment get flagged as spam?? 30 guys can post under the russian chick search post making stupid comments but God forbid an actuall MMA post comes out of any of us.

justscrappin- June 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm
josh...when you said that I pictured Arona as Charlie Brown..and Rampage as Lucy like the football kicking skit. Only in this one...Rampage swears he will let Arona slap the triangle on him without powerbombing his soul out of his body...but he does it anyway!
joshuan29- June 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm
I want him to come to the UFC just so we can see him try to put Rampage in a triangle again
justscrappin- June 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Cecil...I can't see it must be nsfw because it's a collage of still frames from the rapings Arona has executed in the ring on his way to his decisions. I didn't know you could violate someone while they still had shorts on, until I saw Arona's matches.
justscrappin- June 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm
I know he has no chance at beating the top 4-5 guys in the division..but he would be a good challenge for anyone who's grappling is in question. Kinda like how they checked Daley's little run by giving him a solid grappler. Obviously Kampman and Mclovin were supposed to take care of the job...but they thought for a brief second they could stand with the smaller banger. Arona is one of those dudes that knows his lane..stays in it..and doesnt take chances.
cecils_pupils- June 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm
That pic must be deemed NSFW since I can't see it right now...
ComaPlata- June 30, 2010 at 11:42 am
I hope they sign him... And fancy pants.
El Famous Burrito- June 30, 2010 at 11:38 am
Depends entirely on how much Arona is asking for.

Cro Cop money -- get the fuck outtahere.

Jardine money -- maybe.

Bader money -- welcome to the UFC.
ArmFarmer- June 30, 2010 at 11:37 am
This is completely and totally unrelated to this article, but I just need to vent. I'm not a Fedor fan by any means, I've actually always thought he was overrated, but has anyone looked at sherdogs pound for pound article? They have John Fitch at number 5 and Fedor didn't even make the list lol. I like Fitch and all, but I don't see how you can put him at 5. I just think their list is f'n retarded. I'm done.
T_Durden- June 30, 2010 at 11:10 am
Sometimes the math just doesn't add up. Toney got a shot way after his prime, Kimbo got a shot after losing to Seth, Mark Coleman was 2-3 and with a 3 year lay off and he still got a shot.

I think Arona should definitely get a UFC contract, in the last 6 fights he's 3-3 with losses to Wandy and Rua, and wins against Wandy and The Reem*

*Pre-Special Sauce Overeem but still.
steampunk22- June 30, 2010 at 11:05 am
A UD over Eastman who has dropped like five in a row doesn't mean much. His only other win of that spectacular 2-3 is against a deflated Overeem three years ago. I'm pretty much gonna read that as 0-5.

anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- June 30, 2010 at 11:04 am
bring fedor with you ricky