when m1 announced the show in Japan for nye in colaberation with former members of the Pride managment team they listed Arona as a possible show but he was mentioned qas a possible free agent they might try to sign for the event these also included JAchiem Hanson , Gilbert MElendez anda few others.
one interesting point Arona said in a recent interview at an MMA event in brasil similar to the international fight league that he had NOT been approached by the UFC .
I find this hard to believe I personnally dont like the guy but he has a decision win over Wanderlie Silva which he well deserved but was in the semi finals of the grand prix so the title didnt change hands which he then lost in the final to Shogun but he got a title shot and another close faught decision went to Wanderlie but he should have got it first man in 5 years to defeat Wanderlie in an MMA bout .
He almost triangle chocked Rampage before he got power bombed to hell and knocked out. He also pushed Fedor all the way and is a multiple Abu Dabi Champion.
Like him or not which i dot the guy got credentials and would be a force in the UFC although all his fights tend to be boring due to his slow ground game and he is never willing to commit to anyting unless the position is perfect
" YOU KNOCK OUT "