"I have some options to fight, but this time away was very important to me, getting some things right on my life too, but the important is that I really wanna fight and come back ready to the ring.... I was invited from events of both countries [Japan and the United States], but I'll fight where comes the better proposal. I'll think what's the best to me. Actually, I don't have anything in mind for now, some Japanese come, but there's nothing right yet."
-- Ricardo Arona talks to Tatame.com about the reasons behind his recent inactivity, which included "getting some things right" on his life, as well as his plans for the future and more. Nothing is certain at this point, but the Brazilian sounds as if he's ready to get back to competition some time soon in 2008. He has not seen action since a knockout loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Pride 34: "Kamikaza" in April 2007. It was his third loss in four fights -- a tough stretch for a very talented fighter.