In an effort to breathe life back into its rather dull Middleweight division, the UFC has just signed Renzo Gracie student, Ricardo “Cachorrao” Almeida. According to Graciemag.com, Almeida signed a six fight deal which will see him return to the octagon early 2008. Almeida was originally supposed to appear on the now defunct October 12th Cage Fury Fighting Championship card, he managed to work out a deal with the UFC following the cancellation of the event.
Almeida is touted as a Brazilian Ju-Jitsu specialist and has a professional record of 8-2-0; he has victories over several notable fighters including Ikuhisa Minowa, Nathan Marquardt, and Kazuo Misaki. It has been over 3 years since Almeida has seen any action. Almeida last participated at the PRIDE – Bushido 3 event where he defeated Ryo Chonan by a unanimous decision. Despite his 3 year absence, Almeida will be a welcomed addition to the UFC’s Middleweight division, especially in the wake of this weekend’s highly anticipated rematch between UFC Middleweight champ, Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin where it is certain that either the UFC’s number 1 or 2 Middleweight will go down.