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Ricardo Arona turns down Wanderlei Silva’s invitation

There were many that felt that the long lasting feud between Brazilian rivals Wanderlei Silva and Ricardo Arona was nearing it’s end, and although it looks as if that may still be true, it doesn’t appear that the two will be training together anytime soon.

In a recent interview with Tatame Magazine, “The Axe Murderer” revealed that although he had a well known rivalry with fellow Brazilians Ricardo Arona and Paulo Filho, he had a desire to smooth things over and hopefully set up an arrangement where the trio could train together in the near future.

Filho recently confirmed to Tatame that he would be more than willing to accept the former PRIDE middleweight champion’s invite.

“It would be an honor, I’m very happy to have received this invitation and tell him to wait for me,” Filho confessed when questioned about the recent invitation. “What he needs from me, I’m here to help”

However, Arona doesn’t exactly feel the same way. That’s not to say that the feared grappler is ruling it out in the future, or even that he holds any kind of grudge against Silva, it’s just not the right time right now according to Arona.

“It’s something surprising to me and to all who accompanies the fights long ago, but I have nothing against him, we are professional now, but this call, at the moment, I don’t need,” Arona revealed to “I’ll refuse this invitation, for a while. I appreciate the invitation, but it isn’t what I need now

“But the future we never know, if tomorrow will have a union… It may happen some day… What is happening today, of us praising each other, no one expected before, then anything can happen. I appreciate, but it isn’t what I have as a goal”


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