Thirty-four-year-old Ricardo Almeida has decided to hang up his gloves. He will finish his career with a 13-5 record in MMA.
The Renzo Gracie black belt said on his official website, “During these almost four years, it has been a personal struggle to find balance between my fighting career, caring for my son, who was diagnosed with autism soon after I signed a six-fight deal with the UFC, teaching at my growing jiu-jitsu academy and the family duties we all have.”
Almeida returned from a four-year hiatus in 2008 and promptly went 5-3 in the UFC. In his last fight, he dropped a decision to Mike Pyle at UFC 128.
Almeida will continue to teach at his academy, Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu in Hamilton, N.J.