But one thing the fanboys have been trumpeting is the return of at least one potential middleweight contender: Ricardo Almeida. Almeida tore Pancrase a new asshole, beating top notch Japanese talent like Shibuya, Minowa, Misaki, and Chonan. But if you’re looking for Almeida to jump back into the fray and be ready to take on Anderson Silva any time soon, you’re about to be dissapointed:
MMAWeekly: Has there been any discussion about possible future opponents, such as Rich Franklin, Dean Lister, Yushin Okami, or perhaps rematches with Marquardt or Chonan?
Almeida: Not yet. All those names sound like great fights, but I want to earn my right to fight some of these guys, because right now I am just some guy who has been sitting on the side lines for awhile.
I am not arrogant to think that I can come back from a three-and-a-half year layoff and mix it up with the top guys in the division right away. I am looking forward to slowly, but surely, climbing my way back into the top of the division.