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Old 09-01-2009, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)

 
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Ricco Rodriguez talks UFC return, move to LHW?

http://www.observertoday.com/page/co....html?nav=5010

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Former Ultimate Fighter Championship heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez hasn't stepped into a UFC octagon since 2003 when he lost to Pedro Rizzo by unanimous decision.

However, Saturday night at Knockout Promotions' presentation of There Will Be Blood 3, Rodriguez told the OBSERVER, the time for a return to the UFC may not be too far away.

"When it's time, it's time," he said. "When that phone rings, I will prepare for that. I think I will shock the world and you will see me cutting down to 205 very shortly."

Rodriguez left the UFC in the middle of his contract to fight where more money was available, as UFC was still in its early stages of becoming the million-dollar industry it is today.

"Time heals wounds," Rodriguez says. "Some of the bridges I burned are still torn."

See RODRIGUEZ,?Page B2

Knockout Promotions says they support Rodriguez's notion to possibly re-enter the UFC.

"We know him and his management real well," Knockout Promotions Co-owner Jaymee Minner said. "Whatever he does, he will be in his corner."

Helping Rodriguez get the urge has been the support from the fans as he says they have been "nice and respectable." He also trains with UFC legend Tito Ortiz and team PRIDE. In 2006, Rodriguez competed in the super heavyweight division, weighing in at 350 pounds.

Saturday night, Rodriguez looked to be in great shape.

"Everyone can see I am close to getting in the shape I want to be in. I think the opportunity will come."

Rodriguez admits he has a lot of fights under his belt with a 35-10 record and those are a lot of miles for someone just 32 years of age. But seeing him Saturday night, he looks like he will be ready for one more go-round with the UFC.
Here is another link about it, also talks about his recent win at a smaller show
http://mma.fanhouse.com/2009/08/31/w...ys-undefeated/
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Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez picked up his third victory of the year Saturday, stopping Justin Howard in the first round with punches in a featured bout at King of Kombat 7 in Austin, Texas.

Rodriguez has now won eight of his last ten as he works towards a UFC comeback. Speaking last week to The Observer, Rodriguez said that he wants to shock the world and move down to light heavyweight if he receives the call from the UFC.

Headlining the card was 2-time Bellator featherweight Nick Gonzalez, who snapped a two-fight losing streak with a first-round TKO over Dustin Neace.
Here is the most recent pic I could find.



And he does look much slimmer on the event poster for his last fight.


At 6'4" and being a guy who regularily fought at around 250 (as high as 350) is this even possible? Do you think Ricco could be competitive? It would appear Ricco has been training hard lately, he has spent alot of time at Wolfslair, spent time working with Tito Ortiz and apparently spent some time working with Oscar De La Hoya's trainer working on his boxing. Ricco has had a rocky road but everyone loves a comeback.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Honestly, I think he's talking out of his ass with the 205 talk. He's a huge guy and I haven't seen him in shape in years. I would rather see him as a HW contender anyway. If Ricco can get in shape and look good in the cage, then I'm sure the UFC will look to scoop him up before Strikeforce can make a possible match for Fedor (or Rogers should he win).
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I don't know if its really that crazy if he is going for an insane cut. I mean if a big Ricco is 250 and you consider that Thiago Alves and Anderson Silva both cut around 35 pounds to make lighter weights and Forrest starts his cut around 240. It really isn't inconcievable that if Ricco continues to get in shape that he could make 240 especially considering I've been unable to find weigh in results for his last fight but he looks much slimmer than when he fought BigFoot Silva. If Ricco can get down to 240 to 235 walking around weight it is possible he could cut to 205. That is one huge 205'er though and I think its funny that a guy as accomplished as Rodriguez (BJJ World Champion/Abu Dhabi Champion/UFC Champion) who made a name for himself as a quite large HW is considering moving to LHW and I think it really shows just how much weight some guys are really cutting.
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A fit, LHW Rico could be awesome IMO. I'm just sceptical that he can cut the weight properly and get in the kind of shape he needs to.

I hope he can do it though.
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yeah im not convinced ricco can make 205. it's lighter than he has ever been. and unlike coleman, he was never a guy that hovered within twenty or twentyfive pounds of 205. he'd have to be extremely lean to make this weight.
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I don't know, he has never hovered close Hex but at the same point we still aren't really sure what a fit in shape Ricco Rodriguez looks like. I mean even when Ricco was the monster HW champ he was never ripped.
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I think that he should try to get into the best shape of his life and stay at HW. Lose the flab and put on a little bit of muscle and try to Monson people. I think if he does come to the UFC as a HW they should give him a rematch with Big Ben.


That being said for some reason whenever I see Ricco I think of spagetti and meatballs dunno way
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lol at ricco makin lhwdudes not the ideal candidate given his history (or so they say)
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I think that he should try to get into the best shape of his life and stay at HW. Lose the flab and put on a little bit of muscle and try to Monson people. I think if he does come to the UFC as a HW they should give him a rematch with Big Ben.


That being said for some reason whenever I see Ricco I think of spagetti and meatballs dunno way
im not sure he could handle the amount of PED's monson consumes to make his body like that :P
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If Ricco go Monsonfied he would be like Lesnar, I mean Monson is the same weight as Ricco despite being a full 7 inches shorter.
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