Former PrideFC fighter Ricardo Arona has not fought competitively in over 19 months, however reports are surfacing that Affliction Entertainment is extremely interested in obtaining his services. The light heavyweight fighter was once considered one of the best 205-pound fighters in the world, however has posted a disappointing 1-3 record in his last four bouts. Arona was last seen getting knocked out by UFC fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Pride 34 in April of 2007.
UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira stated that Affliction has already reached out to his brother and Affliction fighter, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, to help them recruit their fellow Brazilian Top Team teammate.
“It’s not just Brazilian fans who are looking forward to a return from Arona,” stated the older Nogueira. “The folks at Affliction have already sent a message through my brother Rogerio. ‘We would like to hire Arona. We want to see him fighting in our events, you may tell him that – we want to negotiate with Arona now.’”
Affliction may be a good fit for Arona, as the company’s main bargaining chip is that they offer non-exclusive contracts. This would allow Arona to continue to fight in Japan down the road if he so desires.