Pedro Rizzo training in Brazil with Lyoto Machida
"Dana White mentioned that the winner should get another chance in the Ultimate Fighting Championship."
"As the date hasn’t been set, it’s just a verbal agreement, so I’m getting back to light training. But I want to have a good performance. Who knows? Maybe I’ll manage a return to the UFC. I feel really comfortable fighting in that Octagon. I feel leaving there was the biggest mistake of my career, my great regret."
"I left on my own volition (end of 2003), but at that time I felt stagnant and the big heavyweight challenges were in Japan. I always went after the toughest matches, so I had to face the guys in Pride. What to do? It didn’t work out. But today, with Cain Velasquez as champion, the UFC is really well represented. I feel Cain could even take out Fedor Emelianenko."
-- Pedro Rizzo talks to Graciemag.com about his upcoming fight with Tim Sylvia at War on the Mainland, which should take place in early 2011.
[UPDATE: 11/8/2010] Contrary to earlier reports, Dana White has denied the winner of the Pedro Rizzo/Tim Sylvia fight will receive a title shot.
Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo (19-9)
Win Ken Shamrock - TKO (Leg Kicks and Punches) Impact FC 2
Win Gary Goodridge - TKO (Retirement) Washington Combat
Win Jeff Monson - Decision (Unanimous) BC 4
Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia (27-6)
Win Paul Buentello - KO (Punch) War on the Mainland
Win Mariusz Pudzianowski - Submission (Punches) Moosin
Win Jason Riley - TKO (Punches) AMMA 4