Former Pride fighter Ricardo Arona who is preparing for Rings 2009 for the first time since his loss to Sokoudjou in April of 2007, says he is going with Wanderlei Silva for his upcoming bout against Quinton Rampage Jackson at UFC 92 in December. As you may know Arona has an extensive past with both fighters splitting his two fights against Wanderlei Silva and losing by a classic Power bomb against Rampage.
“Quinton is a great fighter, but only when he’s doing well in the fight. When he fights someone like me or Wanderlei he doesn’t like it, tries the takedowns and get lost. Wanderlei needs to do the same gameplan, doesn’t need to change anything. Quinton has a fucking hand, if he hits you, you’ll feel it, but it’s the perfect game for Wanderlei”. – Tatame.com
He also spoke about Wanderlei Silva’s previous fight with Keith Jardine, in which he was victorious and finished Jardine by KO within a minute of the bell ringing.
“I have said before that if Wanderlei gets to the fight hungry, he’d knock Jardine out quickly. Jardine’s style is something I like to face, I go there and take him down when I want to, and I knew that’s the perfect game for Wanderlei too. Jardine came closer to him and that were the perfect fight for Wanderlei, Keith has no game to defeat him” – Tatame.com
Well it would be a bit more interesting if Arona was thrown into the UFC Light Heavyweight division, which is stacked and fits his style of fighting. Arona was looking to be signed by Affliction according to a source who spoke to us a few months ago, but no word has come of a possible signing since then. Hopefully we will eventually see him in a bigger promotion than Rings in the near future.