Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~Author Unknown
The Ricco Rodriguez, a man that can write a book on going through ups and downs in life only to come back stronger and more determined. Of Puerto Rican and Mexican decent Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez has been entertaining MMA and combat sports fans around the world for over a decade now.
A true MMA veteran with 58 bouts under his belt, exactly half of those wins by submission, and another twelve by KO or TKO, Ricco has always been a show stopper at any of the organizations he has fought for.
A second degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt with a knack for ground-and-pound, Rodriguez became the first fighter of Puerto Rican or Mexican decent to win the UFC heavyweight title. In what is probably his most memorable win, not only because the greatness of the fight but because of the greatness of his opponent, Ricco defeated MMA legend Randy Couture for the at-the-time vacant UFC heabyweight belt.
Former King of the Cage and UFC heavyweight champ, gold and silver medalist at Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) in the absolute division and over 99 KG division respectively, Rodriguez remains as a top force amongst world class grapplers. In one of his most notable wins at ADCC, Rodriguez quickly submitted another MMA legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2000 via knee bar.
Despite his amazing career as a mixed martial artist and his accomplishments as a grappler, Rodriguez has also battled with the consequences of ones actions and bad decision making. A former cast member of the VH-1 series Celebrity Rehab, Ricco has battled his demons and like in most of his fights, he has come out on top.
A father of two, a devoted friend, and a human banner of pride for his Latin heritage, Ricco is fighting the biggest bout of his career—the resurgence of his career and getting back to the top of the heap at the MMA heavyweight ranks.
Rodriguez is on a tear as of late, undefeated in for over two years with a twelve fights winning streak split in equal numbers between decision, submission, and TKO or KO wins. His nine career losses have been attributed more to his situations outside the MMA life rather than his opponents really beating him. Only two of those losses have been finishes, the rest have all been decisions.
Close friend, MMA Agents' Ken Pavia said Ricco’s favorite phrase is “once you go Rican you never go seeking.” Well yes, I know, sounds better when you say it than when you read it. Pavia also said "people say Ricco is back, but Ricco has never left." In a recent conversation The MMA Truth had with Ricco he commented on his interest of coming to theIslandto teach and his intentions of opening up a gym.
Ricco makes his way back into mainstream MMA when he debuts in Bellator Fighting Championship against “The Silver Back” Seth Petruzelli in a heavyweight bout at Bellator 48 in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The MMA Truth proudly welcomes Ricco Rodriguez into our Boricuas in MMA Series and wish him the best of the best, not only in his fighting career but in life. Puerto Ricois proud and watching Ricco! WAR!
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Originally posted at The MMA Truth.