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Old 05-02-2010, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ex-UFC Champ Ricco Rodriguez Hoping for Return at Light Heavyweight

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Everyone deserves a second chance in life, and Ricco Rodriguez is hoping for his own follow-up shot at the bigtime.

In 2002, Rodriguez was on top of the MMA world when he defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC heavyweight champion. At the time, he was just 25 years old and seemed to have the world in front of him. Three fights and three losses later, Rodriguez was out of the UFC and his life began to spiral out of control, but now there's hope that Rodriguez is turning things around and working towards redemption.

Last night in Waterloo, Iowa, the now 32-year-old Rodriguez knocked out veteran journeyman Travis Fulton, earning his sixth straight win.

Before the fight, Rodriguez, who at one time weighed over 300 pounds and has fought at heavyweight for years, told The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier that he had plans on changing his weight class.

"This will shock a lot of people, but I'm really looking forward to dropping down to 205 and the light-heavyweight division," Rodriguez told the paper, who noted that he showed up to the pre-fight press conference at a "svelte 218."

Rodriguez told the paper that he still dreams of returning to the UFC and working towards another shot at the title.

Any sort of return to a major promotion would mark an impressive personal redemption tale for Rodriguez, who in Nov. 2006, was suspended by the California State athletic commission after testing positive for both cocaine and marijuana in a post-fight test. At one time, he ballooned to around 350 pounds. He detailed his personal problems during a stint on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" show in early 2008.

With a winning streak in hand and a 12-2 record dating back to June 2008, Rodriguez, who is now based in Baton Rouge, La., is 41-11 overall.
http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/05/0...ight-heavywei/

I'd like to see a couture vs Rodriguez rematch at 205 if he ever goes back to the UFC.
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Thanks a lot for that. I've wondered about Rico. Talk about wasted potential. That guy was a seriously good fighter. when he fought Nog in pride he out bjj'd the heavy weight bjj king. The only reason he lost that decision was because they were in pride, he came from the ufc and Dana was in the audience.

I've gotta wonder about 205 though. the last time I saw him no way could he make 265. Not in a month. If he comes in to a legit fight at 205 I will be amazed. Maybe he can do it but it would take a whole new mentality for him. The man has amazing talent. People think Roy Nelson is good for a fat guy, Rico would kill that guy in a fight or a belly flop contest.For all his talent I give him credit but, I will say this. Of all the fighters I have ever met (a few) he was hands down far and away the BIGGEST PRICK. The most obnoxious egotistical ass you could imagine around women.
5 minutes in a room with him and you wish you had brought your gun ('cause there's no way you're kicking his ass).

That said, if he can make 205 he may not be the same person I met (maybe it was the drugs). I will definitely be watching for him now. Thanks again.
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This is him just a few months ago at an ADCC weigh in. I think he can make 205 and be comfortable there. I think the only reason he gained so much weight is that he just didn't care for a while. now he has some motivation.

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I can't see he'll make it back to the UFC, it's not like he's a huge name to anyone outside the MMA community and he's starting to get a little older. Most guys don't age like Randy Couture.

I've got to cheer for a hometown boy though, so I hope he can make it back, just please don't make Randy v Ricco a main event......
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This is him just a few months ago at an ADCC weigh in. I think he can make 205 and be comfortable there. I think the only reason he gained so much weight is that he just didn't care for a while. now he has some motivation.

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/10/7...igh-in-picture
Wow, impressive.Seriously. I can't wait to see him fight.

I'll bet his motivation to go to 205 is four words....Brock Leznar Shane Carwin.
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Wow, impressive.Seriously. I can't wait to see him fight.

I'll bet his motivation to go to 205 is four words....Brock Leznar Shane Carwin.
Four more words, Frank Mir, Cain Velazquez and three more Junior Dos Santos.

A few words on why to avoid 205, Lyoto Machida, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans.

Ricco can come back just for some decent fights on the card, he can't compete for a title. I hope he doesn't think he can make a run at the title, the last thing I want to see if Ricco looking across the cage at any of those guys.
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I can't see he'll make it back to the UFC, it's not like he's a huge name to anyone outside the MMA community and he's starting to get a little older. Most guys don't age like Randy Couture.

I've got to cheer for a hometown boy though, so I hope he can make it back, just please don't make Randy v Ricco a main event......
He's only 32. Its not like hes a 40 year old ufc veteran trying to get back into fighting. Hes got atleast a few years left in him.
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He's only 32. Its not like hes a 40 year old ufc veteran trying to get back into fighting. Hes got atleast a few years left in him.
That's why I said a little older. I think he's got a few quality fights left, no title run left in that body, it's a whole different era now.
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That's why I said a little older. I think he's got a few quality fights left, no title run left in that body, it's a whole different era now.
Yeah he wont be making much of a splash in the 205 pool but it would be nice to see him in there. I wouldn't be surprised if he does better then expected though. crazy things happen when people are given second chances.
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That's why I said a little older. I think he's got a few quality fights left, no title run left in that body, it's a whole different era now.
your probably right. He doesn't have the stand up but his ground game is as good as anyones'. I could see him making a run for King Mo's title.
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