Ricardo Almeida Steps out From MMA Competition
One MMA fighter is now out of active competition, as Ricardo Almeida officially retires.
Ricardo Almeida officially announced in his RABJJ website that he will be retiring from MMA competition. According to the fighter, he is having difficulties balancing his career as a MMA fighter, BJJ academy owner, and father.
Ricardo Almeida first retired on 2004 and returned to active competition four years later, after signing a six-fight deal with UFC. Following that, his son was diagnosed with autism, which made him struggle to devote a sufficient time on fighting.
“MMA is a great sport but also physically and mentally unforgiving. It is a dangerous task to step in the octagon, especially if your focus is not at 100 percent. After much deliberation since my fight at UFC 128 I have decided to step away from the sport as a fighter.”
Since returning to active competition, Ricardo Almeida set a respectable 5-3 record in the UFC. He closed his statement by thanking UFC and its officials, Frankie Edgar. his family, students, and fans. He will remain involved in MMA as an instructor, coach and as a fan.View Article Source »