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Retired Ricardo Almeida finds new role in MMA as ringside official

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.


  • Rece Rock says:

    I think it’s a good thing when a some one with the actual pro experiance officiates… only problem I see (not that he isn’t a respectable individual) but there’s always the question of relationships or favortism or hatred of fighter on a card/ fight he is assigned… Not questioning his integrity just sayin I’m sure that was a question in the mind of the commmision. I’m sure he’s a pro and wouldn’t officiate any cards he may have a conflict of interest in…

  • Dufresne says:

    This is great news. If MMA can get more judges with actual MMA experience, instead of just competition karate or boxing, maybe we’ll see a decline in the lay-n-pray style of fighting. And a guy with the BJJ experience that Almeida has knows that just because a fighter is on his back doesn’t mean he’s losing the round.

  • I like this alot, and I wish a few of the ref’s( Yves Lavigne for one) would do the same…mainly cuz Yves is notorious for early stops

  • MickeyC says:

    I too would have to worry about favortism. Will he still be affiliated with ANY gym or training group? He is a Gracie product I believe, it would always be in the back of my mind. I guess we will see.


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