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Arona To Affliction ?

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There are indications that Ricardo Arona, once considered a consensus top ten light heavyweight, could be on the verge of ending his extended hiatus from competitive mixed martial arts.

Arona has not competed since April 8, 2007, when he suffered an upset loss against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou during PRIDE’s final show after being knocked out at just 1:59 of round 1.

Considered one of the best pure grapplers in MMA at 205 pounds, Arona is believed to be drawing interest from Affliction Entertainment.

According to a recent article at GracieMag.com, interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is quoted as saying that Affliction has sent out feelers for Arona.









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Post #1   11/10/08 1:22:31PM   

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Hopefully they can get a deal done. It would be nice to see him back in action, as he is one of my favorite fighters.

Post #2   11/10/08 1:38:38PM   

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I was just talking with my friend about Arona. That would killer if Affliction got him.

Post #3   11/10/08 1:39:13PM   

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It will be a nice addition to their roster, but I don't see the casual fan taking to him.

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About damn time he found a home. I think he would rule in the UFC though.

Post #5   11/10/08 4:56:50PM   

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Posted by cmill21

About damn time he found a home. I think he would rule in the UFC though.



i think he'd get exposed hardcore in the ufc.

Post #6   11/10/08 5:09:32PM   

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Posted by cmill21

About damn time he found a home. I think he would rule in the UFC though.



i think he'd get exposed hardcore in the ufc.



How? His stand up isn't fantastic but he competed with Wand and got Rampage down fairly easily, plus his JJ isn't matched in that div.

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Arona is THE best grappler at 205. His fight with Fedor in RINGS was probably Fedor's toughest fight to date. I'd love to see Arona vs. Tito, Arona vs. Babalu, Arona vs. Lindland, Arona vs. Vitor, or even Arona vs. Lil Nog (probably won't happen).
Of course if he went to UFC I'd enjoy that as well. I just want to see him fight somewhere where he gets good opponents. Arona is not always fun to watch, but he is dominant on the ground and could give anyone in MMA problems.

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Post #8   11/10/08 5:32:21PM   

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The UFC should counter Affliction'sattempts to sign Arona, at least to drive the price up. I'd like to see Arona fight again. A lot of his losses could have easilly gone the other way (such as Rampages head butt actually knocking out Arona, not the power bomb).

I like that Affliction is going after fighters tha the hardcore MMA fan wants to see, but from a business perspective they should start going after guys with an exciting stand-up style, or a big name in order to drive up numbers.

Post #9   11/10/08 5:36:45PM   

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I bet a lot of people have not seen Arona. Here is a highlight I just uploaded to the playground...http://www.mmaplayground.com/mma-videos/video/ricardo-arona-highlight-4375.html


EDIT: and yeah that is Fedor's back that Arona has.

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Post #10   11/10/08 6:27:38PM   

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wondered where Arona has been, would be a great pick up for Affliction

Post #11   11/10/08 7:17:47PM