Back in 2008, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Robert Drysdale told us right here at MMAmania.com (read it) that he wasn't rushing into anything when it came to a career in mixed martial arts (MMA).
I guess five years qualifies as taking your time.
Drysdale (6-0) made his MMA debut just over two years later and had competed sporadically on the regional circuit, splitting his time between Armageddon Fighting Championships (AFC) and Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC), the latter of which played host to his most recent victory, a first-round submission over D.J. Linderman back in April.
In fact, all six of his wins have ended in the opening frame by way of tap, nap or snap.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) finally signed the jiu-jitsu wizard (responsible for training this ex-champ) to its light heavyweight roster, where he will meet Octagon sophomore Ednaldo Oliveira at the UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Pettis" pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug. 3, 2013 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Las Vegas Review-Journal first brought word of the news on Tuesday.
Oliveira (13-1) got his introduction to UFC the hard way, getting choked out by Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 142 in front of his fellow countrymen back in January 2012. The previously undefeated heavyweight is shedding the excess pounds and going back in for a second take.
Let's hope he's been training submission defense.
UFC 163 features a featherweight championship main event as Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo puts his belt on the line against former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Champion Anthony Pettis, who is dropping from the lightweight division to challenge for "Junior's" belt.
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