Ricardo Arona is a retired mixed martial artist born on July 17, 1978. He is a Brazilian who competed in the middleweight division in 2 promotions, RINGS and PRIDE. During his active years in mixed martial arts, he was a member of the Brazilian Top Team and was the winner of 2001 RINGS Middleweight Championship Tournament, a RINGS middleweight champion and a runner-up in the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix.
In addition to mixed martial arts, Arona had also won several recognitions in grappling in local and international tournament. In submission wrestling, he boasts of an undefeated, 13-0, record. He also comes with a 3-time ADCC Championship titles. What really made him famous during his time was that he was able to defeat some of the greatest mixed martial artist of all time like Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Kazushi Sakuraba.
The retired fighter was born in Niteroi, Brazil. He first trained in karate and judo before moving to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was just 13 years old. By the age of 18, Arona got his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and went to train with Carlson Gracie. In the same year, he was able to win a number of titles in submission wrestling. By 2000, he started his career in mixed martial arts and retired in 2009. He was already very famous then because of his impressive record in submission wrestling competitions.
Arona or the “Brazilian Tiger” stands 5 feet and 10 inches. He comes with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While he was still a professional fighter, he had trained with the Brazilian Top Team. He comes with a mixed martial arts record of 19 fights with 14 wins and 5 losses.