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Big Dog Calls it Quits

Tallica19812011-04-01 08:16:20 +0000 #1


Ricardo Almeida, the long time UFC, PRIDE and Pancrase veteran, has decided to hang up the gloves. He made the decision shortly after losing a decision to Mike Pyle on UFC 128, stating that he would now move on and focus more on his Jiujitsu Academy, coaching his teammates in the UFC, and his family.

He made the announcement to leave competing from professional mixed martial arts, on his facebook page:

Pro Fighting Chapter Comes to a Close, but the Book is Still Being written.

Back in 2008 I decided to return to MMA. Since then I have had the privilege of fighting eight times in the UFC. As a competitor I can think of no bigger thrill than to stand in the center of the octagon with my hands raised.

During these almost four years it has been a personal struggle to find balance between my fighting career, caring for my son who was diagnosed with autism soon after I signed a six-fight deal with the UFC, teaching at my growing Jiu Jitsu Academy and the family duties we all have.

MMA is a great sport but also physically and mentally unforgiving. It is a dangerous task to step in the octagon, specially if your focus is not at 100%.

After much deliberation since my fight at UFC 128 I have decided to step away from the sport as a fighter.

I will continue to fully support the UFC as a coach and of course as a big fan. I would like to thank Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White for their leadership and vision which brought the sport to new heights. I would also like to thank Joe Silva for giving me the opportunity to compete among the best martial artists in the world.

Renzo Gracie, Mark Henry, Frankie Edgar and all my teammates who I could not have gone through this challenge without.

Finally I would like to thank my wife, children and family as well as my students. You will have my integral dedication from here on.

Lastly the fans who make MMA the greatest sport there is.

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-01 08:28:49 +0000 #2
i guess i should have paid more attention to his fight when i was there live
dhk19802011-04-01 08:27:05 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by Best80smovieRAD

i guess i should have paid more attention to his fight when i was there live

no, not really.
BulldogWrestler2011-04-01 09:11:00 +0000 #4
I still feel he kinda got shafted in his last fight.
Jay2011-04-01 10:11:57 +0000 #5
Anybody else read this as Bulldog calls it quits?
BulldogWrestler2011-04-01 09:48:17 +0000 #6
That thread already happened



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