Pedro Rizzo is nothing if not persistent:
“I really want to finish my career in the UFC,” Rizzo said. “It is kind of a dream for me. I think I am still able to fight with the top guys.
“It would be a dream to finish my career in the UFC. I don’t know if it will be possible, but I’m doing my part. I’m training every day. I am keeping in shape and training hard. That is what I have to do.”
With the UFC scheduled to visit HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27, there is always a small chance he could get his wish.
“When they call me, I’ll be ready.”
Unfortunately, the only call that’s come from Dana White regarding Pedro Rizzo is a Rossen-style call for retirement. From November:
“Pedro Rizzo is a great dude,” White said. “I have a good relationship with him. I’ve always had respect for him.
“In no way, shape or form do I want to disrespect Pedro because I really do like him, but he needs to retire. I’d like to see Pedro retire.”
And this isn’t the only time Dana White has mentioned his feelings that Rizzo is done. Leading up to UFC 126, Dana used Rizzo as an example of a done fighter:
White, though, said that while boxers often absorb such a beating that they’re never the same – neither Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier were ever close to the same after their brutal 1975 battle in Manila – it’s not often the case in MMA.
“It’s a good question, but I haven’t really seen a lot of it in the UFC,” White said. “Pedro Rizzo was never the same after that Randy Couture fight, but I haven’t seen a lot of situations like that.
So it rarely happens, but it definitely happened to Rizzo. Ouch. But maybe there’s a silver lining in all this for Pedro. Dana wants him to retire. He wants to retire in the UFC. A single fight with Shane Carwin might be a good way to facilitate everyone’s wants!