While Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has already said as much, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can confirm that there is very little validity to the rumors that Ricardo Arona is close to finalizing a deal with the UFC.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted a source close to Arona via e-mail and that source has indicated that he will be in Europe for the next 40 days, making a deal almost impossible to complete. Furthermore, Arona has made no mention to the source about the possibility of signing with the UFC.
This isn’t to say that Arona won’t sign with the company in the future, only that previous reports that a deal was near completion simply are not accurate.
And according to other sources, several organizations, including the UFC and EliteXC, have been contacted about the services of the former Pride light heavyweight in recent months. Neither promotion was willing to meet his asking price.
According to many analysts, Arona is a top ten light heavyweight and would be a major acquisition to any talent roster. As such, when he finishes his obligations in Europe it would not be surprising to see him sign a deal with a major fight organization.