"What happened was this, we never came to a financial agreement. Their offer fell far short of what I'm accustomed to and that undermines the career of a fighter," said the fighter, who revealed that problems with payment from the previous two editions of Bitetti Combat also influenced his decision. Paulo Filho speaking to Tatame on his Bitetti Combat pull-out
ADCC Brazil executive secretary Wagner Gomes confirmed to Gracie Mag that Ricardo Arona will not participate in ADCC 2009 (September 26-27 in Barcelona, Spain) due to his commitment to the September 12th Bitetti Combat card in Brazil. Arona (13-5) will return to the MMA ring against Marvin Eastman (16-9-1); it will be his first fight since being knocked out by Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 over two years ago.