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Ricardo Arona
Born July 17, 1978 (1978-07-17) (age 31)
Niteroi, Brazil
Other names The Brazilian Tiger
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division 205
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Brazilian Top Team[1]
Rank      black belt in BJJ
Years active 2000–present
MMA record
Total 19
Wins 14
By knockout 2
By submission 3
By decision 9
Losses 5
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ricardo Arona (born July 17, 1978 in Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter and PRIDE FC Middleweight Grand Prix finalist. He has competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships and RINGS in his mixed martial arts career. Arona is known for his strength, and is considered one of the best light heavyweights in MMA. He holds notable wins over Wanderlei Silva, Alistair Overeem, Kazushi Sakuraba, Dan Henderson, Guy Mezger, Dean Lister, Murilo Rua and Jeremy Horn. He is a member of Brazilian Top Team.


MMA career


Abu Dhabi and RINGS

Ricardo Arona's popularity came from competing in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club submission wrestling competitions, where he won an open weight tournament as well as the 92 kg (202 pound) tournament. Arona is the only competitor in Abu Dhabi to have won a championship and to be undefeated so far. ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship.

Soon after Abu Dhabi Combat Club, Arona joined RINGS, a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion. Arona's only loss in RINGS came at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko, in a controversial decision. Fedor later went on to become Pride Fighting Championships' Heavyweight Champion. After losing to Fedor, Arona won his last three fights in RINGS.

It has been announced that Arona will not fight in ADCC 2009 because he is expected to participate in Bitetti Combat, two months before the event, when he will face Marvin Eastman.[2]

PRIDE Fighting Championships

After being noticed in RINGS, Arona was offered a contract to join PRIDE Fighting Championships. Arona started his career in PRIDE strong winning his first three fights against Guy Mezger, Dan Henderson and Murilo Rua. He then lost his fourth fight to Quinton Jackson in a spectacular knockout from a slam. Arona claimed that an illegal headbutt he received by Jackson at the end of the slam was what knocked him out. Four months later, Arona returned to PRIDE and won his next 3 fights. On April 23 2005, Arona entered PRIDE's Middleweight (205 lbs) Grand Prix. Arona won his first fight in the tournament against Dean Lister by unanimous decision. In the 2nd round of the Grand Prix, he won his fight against the famous Japanese fighter Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (Doctor Stoppage).

His semifinal match, against rival Wanderlei Silva, was held on August 28, 2005. Arona surprised everyone when he defeated Silva, who was the PRIDE Middleweight Champion at the time, by decision handing Silva his first middle weight defeat in Pride. After defeating Silva, Arona advanced to finals where he faced rising MMA fighter Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. In a dominant performance, Rua defeated Arona by knockout by hammerfists to the face in the first round.

On December 31, 2005 Ricardo Arona fought Wanderlei Silva for a second time, this time for the Middleweight Championship. Ricardo Arona lost the match in a split decision.

On September 10, 2006 Arona faced Alistair Overeem. After withstanding the initial attack from Overeem, Arona landed an inside leg kick, injuring his opponent's leg and making him drop to the ground. Arona quickly overwhelmed Overeem on the ground by blanketing him and showed complete domination throughout the bout. He continued his assault until Overeem tapped out from a barrage of strikes.

Arona claims he suffered from a dengue hemorrhagic fever[3], before a KO loss to Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 on April 8, 2007. Arona's Comeback fight against UFC veteran Marvin Eastman was canceled due to an injury that Eastman suffered during training. The fight with Eastman was rescheduled and took place at Bitetti Combat MMA 4 on September 12, 2009. Arona won the fight via unanimous decision.

Arona is expected to make his debut in the UFC by the end of the year. [4]

Mixed martial arts record

Record Date Result Opponent Method Event Round Time Location Notes
14–5 2009-09-12 Win United States Marvin Eastman Decision (Unanimous) Bitetti Combat MMA 4 3 5:00 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
13–5 2007-04-08 Loss Cameroon Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou KO (Punch) PRIDE 34 1 1:59 Japan Saitama, Japan
13–4 2006-09-10 Win Netherlands Alistair Overeem Submission (Body Triangle) PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute 1 4:28 Japan Saitama, Japan
12–4 2005-12-31 Loss Brazil Wanderlei Silva Decision (Split) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan PrideFC Middleweight championship
12–3 2005-08-28 Loss Brazil Mauricio Rua KO (Punches) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 1 2:54 Japan Saitama, Japan Pride 2005 Middleweight GP Final
12–2 2005-08-28 Win Brazil Wanderlei Silva Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 2 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan Pride 2005 Middleweight GP Semifinal
11–2 2005-06-26 Win Japan Kazushi Sakuraba TKO (Corner Stoppage) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 2 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan Pride 2005 Middleweight GP Quarterfinal
10–2 2005-04-23 Win United States Dean Lister Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 3 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan Pride 2005 Middleweight GP Opening Round
9–2 2004-10-31 Win Russia Sergey Ignatov Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PRIDE 28 1 9:05 Japan Saitama, Japan
8–2 2004-06-20 Loss United States Quinton Jackson KO (Slam) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 1 7:32 Japan Saitama, Japan
8–1 2002-11-24 Win Brazil Murilo Rua Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 23 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
7–1 2002-04-28 Win United States Dan Henderson Decision (Split) PRIDE 20 3 5:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan
6–1 2001-09-24 Win United States Guy Mezger Decision (Split) PRIDE 16 3 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
5–1 2001-08-11 Win Brazil Gustavo Machado TKO (Punches) Rings-10th Anniversary 1 1:29 Japan Tokyo, Japan
4–1 2001-08-11 Win United States Jeremy Horn Decision (Majority) Rings-10th Anniversary 2 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
3–1 2001-06-15 Win Japan Hiromitsu Kanehara Submission (Kneebar) Rings-World Title Series 2 2 0:53 Japan Yokohama, Japan
2–1 2000-12-22 Loss Russia Fedor Emelianenko Decision (Unanimous) Rings-King of Kings 2000 Block B 3 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
2–0 2000-08-23 Win United States Jeremy Horn Decision (Split) Rings-Millennium Combine 3 2 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
1–0 2000-04-20 Win Russia Andrei Kopylov Decision (Unanimous) Rings-Millennium Combine 1 2 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan

Grappling credentials

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2003 Superfight championship: Defeated Mark Kerr.

ADCC 2001 88 – 98 kg: 1st Place Openweight: 1st Place

ADCC 2000 88 – 98 kg: 1st Place

Record of opponents:

  • Won: Mark Kerr (pts), Ruslan Mashurenko (pts), Renato Sobral Da Cunha (pts), John Olav Einemo (pts), Ricardo Almeida (pts), Roger Neff (sub), Saulo Ribeiro (pts), Vitor Belfort (pts), Jean Jacques Machado (pts), Hiromitsu Kaehara (pts), Kareem Barkalev (pts), Tito Ortiz (pts), Jeff Monson (pts)

CBJJ World Championships

2000 Black Belt Pesado : 2nd Place

1999 Brown Belt Pesado : 1st Place Brown Belt Open Weight: 2nd Place

1998 Purple Belt Pesado : 1st Place

CBJJ Brazilian Championships

1999 Brown Belt Pesado: 1st Place

See also


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