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Unfinished business: Cristiano Marcello swaps retirement for Brave Combat Federation deal

UFC and Pride veteran Cristiano Marcello is out of retirement and heading to Brave Combat Federation, November debut beckons.

Cristiano Marcello in UFC action. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation.

Having retired in 2014, Cristiano Marcello is heading back to the cage.

Marcello (13-6) was involved with the UFC from 2012-2014. He dropped a decision loss to Joe Proctor at UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi on his last outing.

Having spent the past four years concentrating on his own team and coaching, the 40-year-old is heading back to the cage.

“I signed a three-fight contract with Brave and will probably debut in a November card in Bahrain or a December event,” announced Marcello.

Brave recently announced their next outing will be 18 August, the first of seven planned events for the second half of 2018.

Cristiano Marcello, TUF season 15 in 2012. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation.

Cristiano Marcello, TUF season 15 in 2012. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation.

The Glory years of Pride

Marcello started his professional career in 1998 by winning a pair of one-night tournaments, and was one of the Chute Boxe trainers during its glory years in PRIDE.

The 40-year-old lightweight fought in the UFC between 2012 and 2014 after competing on TUF 15, going 1-3 in the Octagon with a win over Reza Madadi.

One of the incidents he is most known for is a confrontation in 2005 backstage at a Pride event.

Charles ‘Crazy Horse’ Bennett was speaking ill of Wanderlei Silva and the Chute Boxe academy. A fight ensued and in the end, Marcello had locked in a triangle choke and choked Bennett unconscious.

“My idea was to focus on CM System, and thank God I made it the best team in Brazil,” Marcello said.

“We have athletes fighting all around the world. I’ve been training since I was eight years old, I fought with no gloves, I didn’t do it for money, and always had this itch to come back.”

“I want my kids to watch me fight. I want the new generation of CM System fighters to watch me fight”.

“I was always an athlete, and this fire is back”, said the founder of CM System.

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