Ricardo Almeida Retires From Fighting, Not The Sport

4 de April de 2011

Ricardo Almeida UFC 117

 

It was a bit of a stunning moment for many people late Wednesday night when they read the news that UFC welterweight Ricardo Almeida was hanging up the gloves and retiring from active MMA competition.

The 34-year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt was coming off a loss to Mike Pyle at UFC 128 in his adopted home state of New Jersey, but Almeida already had retirement on his mind when he entered 2011.

Beyond his own fighting career, Almeida runs a successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy as well as training other top notch fighters like UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. His plan was to make one more run this year, and if things didn’t go his way he would walk away from the sport.

“I had in my mind going into this year this would probably be my last year,” Almeida told MMAWeekly Radio. “I had a lot of stuff going on in my life. Nothing specific, I just have a school to run, I have a son who was diagnosed with Autism just when I signed my initial contract with the UFC to come back to fighting. The daily family tasks that we all have.

“I came into this year with the goal of just making a push and training real hard, and this was probably going to be my last year. It just didn’t work out the way I wanted to, and sometimes you just have to be ready to adapt. You can’t just keep hammering and hope to get a different result.”

The fight with Pyle ended in a somewhat controversial fashion. Almeida lost the fight by unanimous decision, much to the chagrin of many of the fans watching in the arena and at home, as well as many of the journalists sitting cageside that night.

How much did the loss play into Almeida’s ultimate decision though? Would a win have kept him around longer?

“I can’t really tell. I’d have to be in the position that I won the fight,” Almeida admitted. “I wasn’t happy with the fight either way. I haven’t watched the fight. I’m definitely a little bummed that I lost, especially with such a close decision and so many people felt that I won, but I can’t really blame it on the judges.

“For sure the fact that I lost probably sped things up a bit, but you never know what would have happened if I had won. I had in my mind if I didn’t come out and put on a great performance and put on a great show maybe it was time to stop just because my mind wasn’t in it anymore.”

The retirement announcement was actually Almeida’s second exit from the sport. After a 2004 fight in Pride, Almeida decided to walk away from active competition and focus on his family and training his students.

He got the urge to return to competition in 2008 and he re-signed with the UFC, but with this retirement announcement he promises this is the end of the road for him, at least as a fighter.

“No, there is no chance you’ll see me back this time. I’m not 25 anymore,” said Almeida. “The last time I quit, I quit because I didn’t want to do it. If I took four years now and decide maybe I’m still tough enough, I won’t be doing it because I don’t want to, but because I can’t.”

The other key factor that Almeida points to when speaking about his retirement from MMA is not hanging around too long and becoming irrelevant. For all of his career accomplishments and big wins, he doesn’t want to tarnish that by simply sticking around too long.

“I think a lot of guys linger too long, and I didn’t want to be one of them,” said Almeida. “Guys are only getting stronger, they’re only getting faster, for me to be out there and not really feeling comfortable and thinking I should be somewhere else, that’s not the healthy thing to do.”

Almeida points to athletes like Frankie Edgar, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones as the next generation of MMA fighters that will take this sport to the next level.

Of course Almeida won’t lie and say that he may never have that hunger inside of him again. He points to athletes like Michael Jordan or Pele and says that they surely felt the need to want to have one more game or one more match.

For Almeida though the future is still very bright outside of his own fight career. As mentioned, he’s the lead trainer for Frankie Edgar and has been working with former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Kris McCray, as well. He has an amateur team that has been doing extremely well in competition.

As far as his own fight career, Almeida has no regrets and doesn’t look back on things at this point wondering what would have happened if a decision went his way or if he would have just had one more chance to step foot in the Octagon.

It was his time to walk away, but there’s one thing for sure. Fans haven’t seen the last of Ricardo Almeida in and around MMA, he just won’t be the one strapping on the gloves anymore.

“I’m always going to be a part of the sport, whether it’s through coaching or buying every pay-per-view or instructing people,” Almeida said.

“Martial arts is my life. I’ll be training until the day I really retire, until they throw some dirt on top of me.”

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3 de April de 2011

Master Ricardo Cavalcanti / Photo: Carlos Ozório

 


I Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Cup/60.000 euros prizes/13,14,15 of May-Lauretana Forum-Biella,Italy

24 de March de 2011

Tournament

With € 60,000 in prizes, the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professional Cup, comes to innovate and build a new concept of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions. With a very well organized structure, athletes from all around the world and the presence of great champions and idols of the sport, the event promises to be a show full of great fights.

Located in the beautiful town of Biella, Italy, the tournament is a great opportunity for those who want to enjoy traveling and at the same time put their Jiu Jitsu into prove, in the search for the great title.
The championship will be held on the 13th, 14th and 15th May, at the Lauretana Forum
stadium, in Biella, Italy. The event is open to all gyms.
Application’s deadline: May 5
Date and schedule check: May 9
Announcement of matches: May 10
Price: € 100.00 until April 15. After that, € 120.00 .
Location: Lauretana Forum Stadium next to the Centre Commerciale “Gli Orsi” Viale Domenico Modugno 3, 13900, Biella, ITALY.

bjj-Pro-Cup

Prizes

€ 60,000 in prizes. Cash prizes for the adult athletes from White Belt to Black Belt. Prize money also for the categories: Male Master and Female Adult. There will only be prize money if there’s fight in the relevant category. The categories Youth, Senior and Super Senior will not have a cash prize, but will get medals.
Athletes of the Adult Male category, belonging to white, blue, purple and brown belts, should rank among the top 4 of each class to fight for the Open Class.

* Female Categories: Only Adults. Up to 66KG and Over 66KG
** Female Category: White and Blue belts will compete in the same division
** Female Category: Purple, Brown and Black belts will compete in the same division








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BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU PROFESSIONAL CUP 60.000,00EUROS IN PRIZE

12 de March de 2011

Tournament

With € 60,000 in prizes, the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professional Cup, comes to innovate and build a new concept of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions. With a very well organized structure, athletes from all around the world and the presence of great champions and idols of the sport, the event promises to be a show full of great fights.

Located in the beautiful town of Biella, Italy, the tournament is a great opportunity for those who want to enjoy traveling and at the same time put their Jiu Jitsu into prove, in the search for the great title.
The championship will be held on the 13th, 14th and 15th May, at the Lauretana Forum
stadium, in Biella, Italy. The event is open to all gyms.
Application’s deadline: May 5
Date and schedule check: May 9
Announcement of matches: May 10
Price: € 100.00 until April 15. After that, € 120.00 .
Location: Lauretana Forum Stadium next to the Centre Commerciale “Gli Orsi” Viale Domenico Modugno 3, 13900, Biella, ITALY.

bjj-Pro-Cup

Prizes

€ 60,000 in prizes. Cash prizes for the adult athletes from White Belt to Black Belt. Prize money also for the categories: Male Master and Female Adult. There will only be prize money if there’s fight in the relevant category. The categories Youth, Senior and Super Senior will not have a cash prize, but will get medals.
Athletes of the Adult Male category, belonging to white, blue, purple and brown belts, should rank among the top 4 of each class to fight for the Open Class.

* Female Categories: Only Adults. Up to 66KG and Over 66KG
** Female Category: White and Blue belts will compete in the same division
** Female Category: Purple, Brown and Black belts will compete in the same division








Jiu-Jitsu with 60K Euros prize money in Italy

12 de March de 2011

Biella, Italy / Photo: publicity 

The gentle art is growing by leaps and bounds all across the planet, and in Europe things are no different. Thus being the case, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professional Cup is all set to bring the action to Italy on May 13-15. In all, 60,000 Euros will be distributed in prize money.

The event will be held at Lauretana Forum Stadium, in the picturesque town of Biella. The event is open to all academies and sign-ups go until May 5, with a discount rate until April 15.

“There will be cash prizes for all the athletes from white to black belt. There will also be cash prizes for the female and male master divisions. There will only be money prizes if there a match does in fact take place in the category in question. The juvenile, senior and super senior divisions will not reward cash prizes, but they will reward medals,” explains event organizer Ari Galo, who is also a black belt.

The adult male division athletes from white to brown belt will need to place in the top four of their weight classes in order to qualify for the absolute.

The adult female category will only have under 66kg and over 66kg weight classes. Furthermore, white and blue belt athletes will compete together, as will the athletes belonging to the purple, brown and black belt divisions.

Click here for further information.


2011 PAN IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship

12 de March de 2011

The tournament will take place on March 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th at University California Irvine, Irvine – California.

Registration deadline: 16/mar/2011
Price:
$88.00 by 2/18/2011
$98.00 by 3/9/2011
$115.00 by 3/16/2011
Registration check day: March 21st
Spectators tickets:
Thursday: US$ 10,00
Friday: US$ 10,00
Saturday: US$ 15,00
Sunday: US$ 15,00

Tournament place:

100 Bren event center,
University California Irvine
Irvine, California 92617

ALL ATHLETES OF ANY CITIZENSHIP ARE WELCOME TO COMPETE. TRIALS NOT REQUIRED.

The athletes from the following countries Brazil, France, Portugal and Japan must be affiliated with their countries national Brazilian jiu jitsu federation, and must bring federation ID at the event before their fights, otherwise you will not be able to compete.

REFEREE COURSE

On Wednesday, March 23rd, prior to the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the IBJJF will be giving a Referee course.

Time:
9:30AM – 12PM
(lunch break)
1:30PM – 5PM

Fee – 60 dollars

16632 Hale Avenue
Irvine – CA 92606

To reserve a spot at the referee course email to regras@ibjjf.com

DIVISIONS

Juvenile 1 male

Only bluebelts
Athletes born on 1995 are eligible to compete

Fight time: 5 minutes

Juvenile 2 male

Only bluebelts
Athletes born on 1994 are eligible to compete

Fight time: 5 minutes

Juvenile 1 female

There will be six weight divisions (check weight list)
Only bluebelts

Athletes born on 1995 are eligible to compete

Fight time: 5 minutes

Juvenile 2 female

There will be six weight divisions (check weight list)
Only bluebelts

Athletes born on 1994 are eligible to compete

Fight time: 5 minutes

Adult male

The division is allowed to athletes born on 1993 and years before
Fight time: bluebelts – 6 minutes
Fight time: purplebelts – 7 minutes
Fight time: brownbelts – 8 minutes
Fight time: blackbelts -10 minutes

Adult female

There will be six weight divisions (check weight list)
Brown and blackbelts will compete in the same division
Adults only
Fight time: bluebelts – 6 minutes
Fight time: purplebelts – 7 minutes
Fight time: brown/blackbelts – 10 minutes

Masters

Athletes born between 1976 and 1981
Fight time: white/bluebelts – 5 minutes
Fight time: purple/brown/blackbelts – 6 minutes

Seniors 1

Athletes born between 1971 and 1975.
Fight time: blue/purple/brown/blackbelts – 5 minutes

Seniors 2

Athletes born between 1966 and 1970.
Fight time: blue/purple/brown/blackbelts – 5 minutes

Seniors 3

Athletes born in 1965 and before
Fight time: blue/purple/brown/blackbelts – 5 minutes


PAN JIU-JITSU NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

On this event the points will be tallied separately from the main tournament. The points breakdown is as follows: First place- 9 points, Second place- 3 points, and Third place – 1 point. The event is for white belts only, MALE: ADULT, MASTER or SENIOR 1, and FEMALE: ADULT, and is intended to give budding competitors experience in the largest European tournament alongside many of the great athletes in sport jiu-jitsu. There is no open class.

Adults

The division is open for everyone above 18 years.
Fight time: 5 minutes

Masters

Athletes born between 1976 and 1981
Fight time: 5 minutes

Senior 1

Athletes born in 1975 and before.
Fight time: 5 minutes

Women adult

There will be six weight divisions (check weight list)
Fight time: 5 minutes

HOW TO ENROLL

MALE WHITE, BLUE, PURPLE AND BROWN – FEMALE WHITE, BLUE AND PURPLE: Online registration

MALE BLACK BELT – FEMALE BROWN AND BLACK: Online registration

For male black belts, and female brown and black belt athletes to register in any event sanctioned by IBJJF it is required to have the ID membership valid for the current year. The valid ID number is required at the moment of the registration for those divisions.

You can apply for your membership ID in the link’s below:

For USA residents (USBJJF): http://www.usbjjf.org/member.htm

For residents in other countries, except Brazil (IBJJF): http://www.ibjjf.org/member.htm

If you do not follow the guidelines, IBJJF reserves the right to deny participation of any athlete in this division. All registers in the Black Belt division are under IBJJF approval.

Membership Deadline: March 08th 2011

For more info on how to apply for IBJJF id card email to membership@ibjjf.com

The head coach of an academy’s competition team shall be granted the right to change a competitor’s registration information. Such changes are limited to: weight division, competitor’s name/nickname, academy affiliation and those member’s of the academy that will be competing in the open weight division.

Open Class Registration

Juvenile 1 and 2 male and female: blue belts

To sign up for juvenile open class male and female, just check the box during your online registration. Open class available for middle weight or above.

Adult, Master, Senior 1 male and Adult female: white belts
There is no open class.

Adult female: blue, purple and brown/black belts

To sign up for adult open class female, just check the box during your online registration.

Adult male: blue, purple and brown belts

Athletes who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their weight divisions are eligible to register for the Open Class bracket. The athletes willing to register in the open class should register at the event administration table after having his weight division medal awarded, according to the registration schedule . No registrations will be accepted after the registration closing time schedule.

Adult male: black belts

Black belts registered in the event are eligible to participate in the black belt open class division bracket.

The black belt athletes willing to participate in the open class division must apply their registration at the event administration table according to the event schedule.

No registrations will be accepted after the event registration closing time schedule.

Blue, purple, brown and black belts master and senior 1, 2 and 3:

To sign up open class, just check the box during your online registration.


REGISTRATION CHECK DAY

ALL ATHLETES MUST CHECK THEIR REGISTRATION INFORMATION ON THE REGISTRATION CHECK DAY – MARCH 21st ON OUR WEBSITE WWW.IBJJF.COM

Corrections by e-mail:
The athletes can send e-mail with changes on the registration, by sending an email to ibjjf@ibjjf.com with the subject ‘PAN CORRECTION’. The deadline is March 19th – 5PM – California time.

Registration Check day:
The athletes must make sure that their information is correct by checking the website on the registration list for their weight, belt, academy, age division, and name information. If there are any mistakes on the information (ei. typing mistakes by IBJJF) please send an email to ibjjf@ibjjf.com. (March 21st, 5PM – California time).

The brackets will be released before the tournament . On wednesday, March 23rd, the brackets will be available online at our website.

After the registration check day, no changes will be made and no refunds will be given.

During the tournament, any mistakes on the brackets that were not correct previous to registration check day will lead to immediate disqualification .


WEIGH INS

Before his/her first fight, the athlete will check his/her weight with the Gi. There is only one opportunity to check the weight. If the competitor does not make his/her weight,they will be immediately disqualified. Please make sure that you are in the correct weight division. You can not change divisions ,if you do not make your designated division. No changes will be accepted in the tournament day, no refund.

All athletes should fight and weigh-in with tradicional weave fabric gi only (single, double or golden). All blue, all white or all black. No other kind of gi is allowed.


HOTELS DEALS

Group Information

Group Name: Budo Travel – Pan Jiu-Jitsu
Group Code: BUDO
Check-in: 23-MAR-2011
Check-out: 28-MAR-2011
Hotel Name: Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
Hotel Address:
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, California
Zipcode – 92612
Phone Number: 1-949-833-9999


OTHER INFO

The schedule will be available March 21st.

Each academy can only have two athletes in the same division (of age/weight/belt). If your academy has problems regarding the number of athletes in each division, please send an e-mail to IBJJF ibjjf@ibjjf.com.

Depending on the number of athletes in the tournament, some classes may not have an absolute division.

THE FEDERATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLOSE THE REGISTRATION when we reach full capacity, or Mar 16, wichever comes first.
Make sure to register early to save a spot.

Before each fight, athletes will be asked to show their Ids to the officials. Make sure you have it at hand.


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