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Old 03-09-2008, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rizzo to fight in April or May

http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles.asp?n_id=11503

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Rejuvenated Rizzo Training for Fight

February 27, 2008
by Gleidson Venga (gvenga@sherdog.com)

Pedro Rizzo is expected to return to the ring soon. The Brazilian heavyweight revealed that his manager, Jorge Guimaraes, is negotiating his next fight, which should occur in April or May.

After a quick stint in Japan, Rizzo fought twice in the United States in 2007 and won with strong performances.

"I'm maintaining my training routine, but in the last two weeks, I increased the pace because I knew of the possibility that a fight would happen," explained the Marco Ruas pupil. "I do not know the opponent yet, but I hope that he is a tough guy. Because as with any athlete, the more difficult the challenge, the greater the motivation. It is this motivation, that challenge, that I move to the limit. It makes all the problems small to taste of victory. If it does not come by chance, I will know that I gave my best, my 100 percent."

Rizzo said he has moved into a new phase of his career and hopes to once again be counted among the top heavyweights in the world, as he was during most of his time in the UFC.

"All the victories were always very good, but it was in the losses that I have been strengthened as a fighter," Rizzo said. "Today I am a much better athlete than before -- technically, physically and psychologically mainly. I have been at the top and unfortunately also at the bottom. We know both the joy of victory and the sadness of defeat, and between the two is an appropriate victory. I know my potential and I also know that I will gradually rise again toward the top, and this fight is one more step to get there."

In 2007, Rizzo scored two victories in two fights. The Art of War heavyweight champion outpointed Justin Eilers and stopped Jeff Monson.

"I am very motivated," he said. "I feel as if I am just starting my career."
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Old 03-09-2008, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The ko of Monson was solid stuff from Rizzo. I don't know what happened to him, but man before the Couture fights he was just steam rolling top fighters (Josh Barnett for example).

Here's hoping he's really getting back on track and gets some more quality wins, I'd like to see a rematch of him and Arlovski.
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I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will sign with WVR in time for the next show and fight Barnett again...
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Pedro still has all the tools. He just needs to bring it when he gets in the ring, instead of goin' all Vitor Belfort in there.

RIzzo vs. Brandon Vera might be a good time.
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