It's Official: Professor Almeida is Back in the UFC!
Yes! The ink is finally on paper! After negotiations with 5 different organizations, Prof. picked the ultimate one, an organization that will provide the opportunity for him to compete against the best Middleweight fighters in the world!
Mester Renzo Gracie's first Black Belt, Professor Ricardo Almeida is a UFC veteran (for those of you who don't follow the sport), and decided to retire from the MMA scene to focus on his Academy and students, and to dedicate as much time as possible to learning the Art of Jiu Jitsu.
As we know, RABJJ with over 400 students and undergoing expansion is the result of a lot of work, and could only be a possibility for him at the time by stepping away from the spotlight and focusing 100% in becoming a teacher.
Now, that goal has been reached and is moving forward, which allows Professor to go back to a place he never tought he would return to. The UFC. Being a competitor at heart, watching the sport evolve to the point that it is today, he couldn't help but decide to get back in there and learn as much as he can from this evolution, always challenging himself so we can all benefit from his learning experiences.
Professor has just signed a 6 fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and according to him, it felt like he never left the sport. While speaking to Matchmaker and old friend Joe Silva, Prof. felt like he was never forgotten, furthermore, it felt as if they were waiting for this moment as much as he was . Now that he's in the UFC to stay, you guys are in for a treat!
He'll be fighting early 2008, and until then, there's no resting. We are moving next door, and there's so much work ahead of us. But that's another subject. Fot now, let's celebrate Professor Ricardo "Cachorrao" Almeida's return to the UFC!