Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Frankie Edgar and newly signed EliteXC fighter Chris Liguori will soon be training with UFC middleweight contender Ricardo Almeida. They made the move to help improve their overall ground game by working with the Renzo Gracie black belt at his academy in New Jersey.
Edgar is a top-rated contender who recently dropped the first fight of his career, losing by unanimous decision to Gray Maynard in early April. Now the New Jersey native will team up with Almeida to prepare for his next challenge.
"Frankie and Chris are great athletes, but even better people," said Almeida about his new teammates. "They have been able to get very far in MMA already, so I can't wait to see what will happen when they are able to add solid jiu-jitsu skills to their arsenals. I'm stoked to have them join our team."
Liguori recently inked a deal that will put him on the undercard of the upcoming CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights card on May 31.
Following his fight with Maynard, Edgar took a brief break to celebrate his new marriage, but expects to be back in active competition in the near future.