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Pedro Rizzo still trying to get back in the UFC

Pedro Rizzo is nothing if not persistent:

“I really want to finish my career in the UFC,” Rizzo said. “It is kind of a dream for me. I think I am still able to fight with the top guys.

“It would be a dream to finish my career in the UFC. I don’t know if it will be possible, but I’m doing my part. I’m training every day. I am keeping in shape and training hard. That is what I have to do.”

With the UFC scheduled to visit HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27, there is always a small chance he could get his wish.

“When they call me, I’ll be ready.”

Unfortunately, the only call that’s come from Dana White regarding Pedro Rizzo is a Rossen-style call for retirement. From November:

“Pedro Rizzo is a great dude,” White said. “I have a good relationship with him. I’ve always had respect for him.

“In no way, shape or form do I want to disrespect Pedro because I really do like him, but he needs to retire. I’d like to see Pedro retire.”

And this isn’t the only time Dana White has mentioned his feelings that Rizzo is done. Leading up to UFC 126, Dana used Rizzo as an example of a done fighter:

White, though, said that while boxers often absorb such a beating that they’re never the same – neither Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier were ever close to the same after their brutal 1975 battle in Manila – it’s not often the case in MMA.

“It’s a good question, but I haven’t really seen a lot of it in the UFC,” White said. “Pedro Rizzo was never the same after that Randy Couture fight, but I haven’t seen a lot of situations like that.

So it rarely happens, but it definitely happened to Rizzo. Ouch. But maybe there’s a silver lining in all this for Pedro. Dana wants him to retire. He wants to retire in the UFC. A single fight with Shane Carwin might be a good way to facilitate everyone’s wants!

  • G Funk

    Geez, just toss the poor ol’ fucker in a Bull Pit. A retirement party, Handy vs. Rizzo could be dope.

  • CAP

    No shit Carwin seems a bit harsh but he can hang with a mid tier HW, why not.

  • agentsmith

    Rizzo’s record since leaving PRIDE in 2006 (where he lost both of his fights):

    Win – Ken Shamrock – TKO (Leg Kicks and Punches), 3:33 R1 – Impact FC 2, 7/18/2010
    Win – Gary Goodridge – TKO (Retirement), 5:00 R2 – Washington Combat, 5/15/2010
    Win – Jeff Monson – Decision (Unanimous) – Bitetti Combat 4, 9/12/2009
    Loss – Gilbert Yvel – KO (Punches), 2:10 R1 – FFI: Ultimate Chaos, 6/27/2009
    Loss – Josh Barnett – KO (Punch), 1:44 R2 – Affliction: Banned, 7/19/2008
    Win – Jeff Monson – TKO (Punches), 2:40 R3 – Art of War 3, 9/1/2007
    Win – Justin Eilers – Decision (Unanimous) – Art of War 1, 3/9/2007


    That’s not so bad, hardly the record of someone who’s “done.”  He just needs a win or two over somebody relevant.

  • Fitdaws

    They let some guys back 2 and 3 times,,why not him? Also. as far as fighters never being the same, I believe that both Rich Frankin and David Loisseau were never the same after there awesome battle in Vegas a couple years back…anyone agree?

  • FiveBoltMain

    They should give him a lower tier guy…like the guy who got KO’ed by Stefan Struve…the keyboard warrior (I forgot his name).


    Crow sas never the same after the beating that Franklin gave him.

    Franklin was never the same after Silva gave him a nose job.

    Cro Cop was never the same after he got Gonzaga!

  • CAP

    You’re thinking of McKorkle. Him or Russow would be fitting opponents imo.

    True Cro Cop was never the same after he got Cro Copped!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    For me, watching Rizzo got depressing years ago. His ability to win is of no concern to me, just his mental damage. And that man looks damaged.

  • Blackula Jonez

    How could Rizzo hope tor survive amongs the golden age of UFC heavyweights, with the murderers row of Hauge, Beltran, Kongo, Cro Cop, Rothwell, Mckorkle and Moorecraft.


    Too many elites for old man Rizzo to survive.

  • subo

  • Blackula Jonez

    I’m not saying that Rizzo is going to make a title run, just that there are tons of shitty heavyweights on the UFC roster. 


    Why not add Rizzo to that list, it will be a feather in the cap of any guy that beats him. And one less guy for SF to use. Hell Gilbert couldn’t get a UFC win, same for Mark Hunt but it was still a nice scalp to have for the guys who beat them.


    Bottom line: there are very few decent heavyweights, Rizzo at least has a name and better to have him get beat in the UFC than go to SF.

  • frickshun

    Black–>H to the Izzo is completely fucking shot. Yes, the heavies aren’t very talent rich. But that’s the very nature of the division (for MMA **&** boxeo). Rather than think wishfully that he is competitive, respect that he HAD a great career. HAD.