GRACIEMAG.com is reporting that Ricardo Almeida has come out of retirement and signed a six fight contract with the UFC.
“Cachorrao” sports a mixed martial arts record of 8-2 with victories over the likes of Ikuhisa Minowa, Kazuo Misaki, Nathan Marquardt, and Ryo Chonan.
Before signing, Almeida looked into five different offers. His first bout should be scheduled for the beginning of 2008. “The final goal of my return was to get to the UFC, so I thought why not go straight there at once,” said Cachorrao to GRACIEMAG.com.
The Renzo Gracie black belt made his UFC debut in May 2001 at UFC 31: Locked and Loaded losing by disqualification to Matt “The Law” Lindland. Almeida returned four months later at UFC 33: Victory in Vegas submitting Eugene Jackson partway through the first. Almeida’s final UFC appearance came in January 2002 at UFC 35: Throwdown where he suffered a TKO loss to the hands of Russian slugger Andrei Semenov.
Almeida also spent time fighting in both PRIDE and Pancrase amassing a record of 6-0. After a 3-year retirement, Almeida was scheduled to make his MMA return against Dennis Hallman at Cage Fury Fighting Championship on October 12th but the event was canceled at the last minute. Almeida will now appear in the UFC sometime in early 2008.
Almeida will be an excellent addition to the UFC middleweight division.
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