Legendary Brazilian fighter, Ricardo “The Brazilian Tiger” Arona discussed his fellow countryman Wanderlei Silva and his fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 110 in Australia. Arona defeated “The Axe Murderer” at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, but lost a very arguable Split Decision to Silva, four months after at PRIDE Shockwave 2005. According to the decorated ADCC Champion, Silva did not really change since then:
“I think when things are going wrong, you need to change your way to see some of them. He needs to do what I did, to look the fight from outside, see the mistakes and get better, see where he can surprise. The surprise is what makes you win, it’s hard when you know everything the opponent can do and Wanderlei got predictable as long he was fighting.
I think he needs to expand his weapons to surprise, because everyone that fights with him knows his way to win and he needs to change it. Michael Bisping knows what to expect from Wand, and I fear that it can cost Wanderlei a victory.”
According to the reports, Ricardo Arona signed with the UFC a three-fight deal and will make his debut inside The Octagon probably in the summer. Arona is currently recovering from his knee injury, and has a solid 14-5 Mixed Martial Arts record with victories over Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and Kazushi Sakuraba.