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Pedro Rizzo wins in Brazil, announces retirement

Pedro Rizzo wins in Brazil, announces retirement

September 13, 2015

Obrigado meu amigo @minotauromma pela presença. Obrigado Mestre @marco.ruas por tudo que me ensinou, tudo que tenho na minha vida devo a luta e quem me ensinou a lutar foi você. Devo tudo à você!!! Thank you my friend @minotauromma for coming. Thank you Master @marco.ruas for everything you taught me, all I have in my life I owe to fight and who taught me how to fight was you. I owe you all i have!! #RizzoRVT @rizzorvt @ecoforma #gnslabs #gnsteam @gnslabs #Repost @minotauromma with @repostapp. ・・・ Parabéns @pedrorizzomma Momento marcante pra mim ! Despedida de um grande amigo , o atleta que inspirou muitos lutadores como eu , com uma carreira vitoriosa , @pedrorizzomma se despediu de maneira honrosa no Face To Face hoje ! Na foto com o @pedrorizzomma e outra lenda no esporte Marcos Ruas .. @ufc @ufc_brasil @canalcombateoficial Great moment , with big idol on Sport , @pedrorizzomma , afrer he announce his last Fight ! With @pedrorizzomma and another idol , Marcos Ruas , they motivate all my generation ..

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Ken Shamrock (left) vs. Pedro Rizzo: Photo by Chris Dela Cruz/Sherdog.com

Pedro Rizzo returned to action Saturday after a hiatus of more than two years. After a win in his native Brazil, the heavyweight announced his retirement.

The 41-year-old Rizzo (20-11) fought Andrew Smith at Face to Face 12’s main event in Vitoria, Brazil. Rizzo’s leg kicks were too much for Smith after five minutes, and he didn’t answer the bell for Round 2, giving “The Rock” a TKO win in his finale.

Rizzo hadn’t fought since a decision loss in May 2013 to Satoshi Ishii in Japan. Prior to that, he headlined an M-1 Global event 11 months earlier, but was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in the first round. That fight came nearly two years after a TKO win over Ken Shamrock in Australia gave him a three-fight winning streak.

Rizzo started his career 9-0, including wins in his first four UFC fights – three coming by knockout. That got him a shot at the heavyweight title against Kevin Randleman at UFC 26 in June 2000, but he dropped a unanimous decision.

He rebounded with knockout wins over Dan Severn and Josh Barnett at UFC 27 and 30, respectively, to get a shot at champ Randy Couture. But at UFC 31, he again lost a title fight decision. He got a rematch at UFC 34, but was stopped by Couture with a third-round TKO.

Rizzo left the UFC for PRIDE, but dropped both his fights there. He also lost a rematch to Barnett at the inaugural Affliction event. But after leaving the UFC, he went 5-6. While in the UFC, he compiled a record of 9-5 with seven of those wins by knockout or TKO.

Source: MMAJunkie