It looks as though New Jersey resident Ricardo Almeida will have an opportunity to represent his State, as well as regionally-related Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, on March 19 against fellow submission-grappler Mike Pyle at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey. Almeida and Pyle are both coming off decision wins in their previous performances.
News of the possible pairing was reported by MMAWeekly where it was explained verbal agreements from both sides were in place without an official contract having been signed yet.
Almeida is 2-1 since dropping down from middleweight with the loss coming to divisional great Matt Hughes at UFC 117 in August. Prior to the switch he had beaten a number of notable draws such as Kendall Grove, Matt Horwich, Ryo Chonan, Nate Marquardt, and Kazuo Misaki, and most recently found success against T.J. Grant in Montreal at UFC 124.
His Xtreme Couture-trained opponent, Pyle, turned heads last October after dominating then-undefeated Brit John Hathaway at UFC 120. “Quicksand” also won his prior fight by way of submission against Jesse Lennox and has tapped sixteen of the twenty individuals he’s beaten.
If the fight comes to fruition, the two talented mat-based experts will join a line-up already rumored to feature a title-fight between UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former belt-wearer Rashad Evans, as well as a bout between Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub.
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