When renowned submission specialist Ricardo Almeida announced his retirement as a professional Mixed Martial Artist last week the news left many in the MMA community saddened at the prospect of his reduced role in the sport. However, it appears Almeida will be sitting ringside sooner than many might have thought, as the Brazilian by way of New Jersey has traded in his gloves for a scorecard and will now serve as a MMA judge in the Garden State.
Almeida recently announced his decision on ProMMA Radio.
In addition to being simply good news for his fans, Almeida’s new role is also likely to be welcomed by avid followers of the sport who recognize the value of an experienced fighter and respected instructor influencing how decisions are determined, especially when considering the countless questionable results doled out by ringside officials in the past.
Almeida has not discussed any intentions to eventually expand his jurisdiction will expand to other neighboring States.
As a competitor, Almeida compiled a 13-5 record in MMA including wins over Kendall Grove, Matt Horwich, Ryo Chonan, Kazuo Misaki, and Nate Marquardt. He is also known for a high level of success in BJJ with success on both the Pan American and ADCC stage.
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