Ricco Rodriguez

Ricco Rodriguez (born August 19, 1977) is an American semi-retired mixed martial artist currently competing in the heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 1999, he has competed for the UFC, PRIDE Fighting Championships, EliteXC, International Fight League, BAMMA, World Extreme Cagefighting, and Bellator. Ricco is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mundials World Champion and also an ADCC World Champion. He is also the former King of the Cage World Heavyweight Champion.

Ricco Rodriguez
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Rodriguez shortly after his win against Tomaz Simonic on May 24, 2013
Born (1977-08-19) August 19, 1977 (age 44)
San Jose, California, United States[1]
Other namesSuave
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Super Heavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu jitsu
Fighting out ofStaten Island, New York, United States
TeamAmerican Fight Club
Ricco Rodriguez Fighting[2]
RankThird degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active1999–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout17
By submission25
By decision12
By knockout11
By decision16
No contests1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Men's submission grappling
ADCC World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1998 Abu Dhabi +99kg
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Abu Dhabi Absolute
Silver medal – second place 2000 Abu Dhabi +99kg

Early lifeEdit

Rodriguez was born in San Jose, CA and grew up in the projects in [[Paterson, New Jersey.[3] Rodriguez wrestled at Tottenville High School while living in Staten Island, New York. He later moved to California and began training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado. He competed and won many Jiu-Jitsu tournaments before moving on to mixed martial arts.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

In 1997, Ricco Rodriguez became one of the small group of Americans to win a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, taking the Blue Belt Absolute title.[5] He took gold in +99 kg in the first ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 1998, bronze in the Absolute (open weight) division in 1999[6] and Silver in the +99 kg category in 2000. That same year Rodriguez began his MMA career with a win against Rocky Batastini. He won several of his first matches before losing to Bobby Hoffman at the Superbrawl 13 event in Hawaii. He later fought in the PRIDE Fighting Championship before moving on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Rodriguez's first UFC match was at UFC 32 against future UFC Heavyweight Champion and #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world Andrei Arlovski which he won by TKO. He was scheduled to fight Lion’s Den fighter and owner of one of the most vicious knockouts of the time Pete Williams at UFC 33, but the fight was postponed until UFC 34 due to an injury suffered by Williams during training.

Rodriguez went on to beat Williams, Jeff Monson (UFC 35) and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (UFC 37) to earn a shot for the vacant heavyweight championship against future UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 39 becoming the first person of Puerto Rican descent to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Rodriguez was losing on the scorecard in the initial rounds. In the fifth round Rodriguez was able to achieve a ground-and-pound victory with a stoppage by verbal tapout. In his first title defense, he was knocked out by 6'8 up and coming striker Tim Sylvia in the first round, thus losing the belt.

Independent promotionsEdit

Following the end of his UFC contract, Rodriguez fought for a number of regional and national promotions. He also gained a significant amount of weight, at one point weighing 350 pounds (160 kg). On July 22, 2006, in a rematch of their August 2005 bout in the WEC, he avenged a loss to Ron Waterman at WFA: King of the Streets. He fought as a superheavyweight, weighing in at 300 pounds (140 kg), and was quoted as saying "I'm fat but I still got skills."[7]

Following his win against Imani Lee on November 17, 2006, Rodriguez was put under indefinite suspension by the California State Athletic Commission.[8] The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Rodriguez had tested positive for both marijuana and cocaine and was subsequently given a six-month suspension for the failed drug test.[9]

On July 27, 2007, Ricco Rodriguez, in his first fight after his suspension, defeated Lloyd Marshbanks by first-round TKO at MMA Xtreme 13, which was held in Puebla, Mexico. At the IFL championship finals, he lost to "Big" Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision.

Rodriguez fought in the YAMMA Pit Fighting one-night heavyweight tournament as a late replacement. He defeated George Bush III in the first round by unanimous decision, but was beaten by eventual champion Travis Wiuff in the semi-finals by unanimous decision.

Ricco Rodriguez was scheduled to replace an injured Kevin Randleman in a rematch of their UFC 35 bout against Jeff Monson at the inaugural Godz of War show.[10] That event was canceled, however, and the fight was rescheduled for the inaugural Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA) event, which Rodriguez lost by unanimous decision.

At the 2009 ADCC qualifiers Rodriguez weighed in at a svelte 218 lb, down well over 100 lb from his peak in the mid-2000s. Rodriguez attributed his weight loss to a renewed focus and partnership with a new nutritional coach and long-time friend, Richard Sicola-Stone.

Rodriguez missed weight for his first attempt at fighting at 205 pounds at the inaugural Israel Fighting Championship event on Nov. 9. He still fought and won his fight over Daniel Tabera, however, and then promptly challenged his friend, Jeff Monson for a rubber match, to a fight at 205 pounds.[11]

Ricco Rodriguez made his BAMMA debut facing The Ultimate Fighter 10 alumni and UFC veteran James McSweeney who was also making his debut for the promotion. Dana White has claimed if Rodriguez wins this bout he will consider resigning him to the UFC. Rodriguez missed weight for the fight, weighing in a full 2 pounds over the contracted 215-pound catchweight.[12]

Ricco made his Bellator debut against the man who first defeated the internet superstar Kimbo Slice, Seth Petruzelli at Bellator 48. He lost the fight via KO (punches) in the first round after getting caught with an overhand right, and ending his 12-fight winning streak.

On April 15, 2013, it was announced that Ricco signed a 3-fight contract for Final Fight Championship.[13] His first fight for the promotion was at FFC05: Rodriguez vs. Simonič event on May 24. 2013, when he fought Slovenian Tomaž Simonič.[14] He won the fight via first round armbar.

On November 9, 2013, he lost to Denis Stojnić on Bosnia Fight Championship event by TKO after an early referee stoppage. Rodriguez immediately stood up and protested the stoppage and left the fight showing the middle finger to the referee. It was announced that they would have a rematch in 2014, also in Sarajevo, however the day after the event, the referee said he was not up to the task and the fight result was changed to NC.[15][16][17]

In his next fight, Rodriguez faced Nestoras Batzelas at Final Fight Championship 10 on December 13, 2013. He won the fight via TKO.[18] He then faced Dion Staring for the FFC Heavyweight Championship at Final Fight Championship 17 on December 20, 2014.[19] Despite coming out strong in the opening minute of the first round, Rodriguez would be dropped by a front kick from Staring midway through the first round and subsequently beaten up by ground and pound, and lost the bout via retirement TKO after failing to answer the bell for the third round.[20] After a series of losses, including a match with former PRIDE star Gilbert Yvel, Rodriguez won the CFS Heavyweight title in Graz, Austria defeating Nandor Guelmino.

Boxing careerEdit

Rodriguez made his professional boxing debut on October 12, 2006, beating 19-year-old Cruiserweight Brandon Baker by knockout. On July 8, 2008, Rodriguez fought his second professional boxing bout losing via split decision to Chad Davies, who came into the fight with a 0-1 record.

Bare knuckle boxingEdit

Rodriguez faced Lewis Rumsey at a Bare Knuckle FC event held on June 2, 2018. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Other appearancesEdit

Rodriguez appeared in an episode of the History Channel series Human Weapon, in which he faced Bill Duff in a draw. He also appears in bonus footage of The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr DVD.[21]

Rodriguez has appeared on season one of the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which documented his struggle with substance abuse.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Rodriguez is Puerto Rican.[23] He has a daughter and one son.[24][25]

On March 5, 2013, Rodriguez, 35, was allegedly pulled over around 1:25 a.m. and was reportedly booked for misdemeanor DUI. According to the report, Rodriguez was released several hours later after posting a $5,000 bail.[26]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Submission grapplingEdit

  • ADCC
    • ADCC 1998 Over 99 Division - Gold Medalist
    • ADCC 1999 Absolute Division - Bronze Medalist
    • ADCC 2000 Over 99 Division - Silver Medalist

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
82 matches 54 wins 27 losses
By knockout 17 11
By submission 25 0
By decision 12 16
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 54–27 (1) Hatef Moeil TKO (submission to punches) CFS 9: Cage Fight Series 9 February 2, 2019 3 5:00 Austria
Loss 54–26 (1) Alex Nicholson TKO (submission to punches) AFC 24: CamSoda Legends April 26, 2018 1 1:27 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 54–25 (1) Nandor Guelmino Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fight Series part 8 January 21, 2018 3 2: 30 Graz, Austria For the CFS Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 53–25 (1) Gilbert Yvel TKO (injury) WFCA 31: Ushukov vs. Vagaev November 19, 2016 1 1:00 Grozny, Russia
Loss 53–24 (1) Ivan Shtyrkov TKO (punches) RCC Boxing Promotions September 9, 2016 1 1:55 Sverdlovsk, Russia [27]
Loss 53–23 (1) Denis Stojnić TKO (punches) Bosnia Fight Championship 2 June 13, 2015 2 0:22 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Loss 53–22 (1) Dion Staring TKO (retirement) Final Fight Championship 17 December 20, 2014 2 5:00 Opatija, Croatia For the FFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 53–21 (1) Nestoras Batzelas TKO (punches) Final Fight Championship 10 December 13, 2013 2 3:33 Skopje, Macedonia
NC 52–21 (1) Denis Stojnić NC (overturned loss) Bosnian Fight Championship November 9, 2013 1 4:55 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Originally TKO loss, overturned due to early stoppage.
Win 52–21 Zelg Galešić Submission (armbar) Final Fight Championship 8 October 4, 2013 1 2:10 Zagreb, Croatia Catchweight 95 kg.
Loss 51–21 Ian Freeman TKO (punches) UCFC 5: Legends of MMA July 27, 2013 1 2:11 Doncaster, England
Loss 51–20 Marcin Lazarz Decision (unanimous) GWC: The British Invasion: US vs. UK June 29, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 51–19 Tomaz Simonic Submission (armbar) FFC: Final Fight Championship 5 May 24, 2013 1 3:49 Osijek, Croatia
Win 50–19 Andreas Kraniotakes Decision (unanimous) CFS 7: Cage Fight Series 7 May 12, 2013 3 5:00 Unterpremstätten, Styria, Austria
Loss 49–19 Ante Delija Decision (unanimous) HOG: House of Gladiators 1 December 21, 2012 2 5:00 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Win 49–18 Kevin Thompson Submission (armbar) UWC 21: Xplosion October 20, 2012 1 4:45 Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Loss 48–18 Stav Economou Decision (unanimous) Dubai FC 1: The Beginning May 4, 2012 3 5:00 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Loss 48–17 Ruslan Magomedov Decision (unanimous) United Glory 15: 2012 Glory World Series March 23, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Loss 48–16 Alexander Volkov Decision (unanimous) BF: Baltic Challenge 3 February 23, 2012 3 5:00 Kaliningrad, Russia
Loss 48–15 Blagoi Ivanov TKO (retirement) CMMAT: Chekhov MMA Tournament December 24, 2011 3 3:33 Chekhov, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 48–14 Bashir Yamilkhanov TKO (punches) FEFoMP: Battle of Empires December 17, 2011 2 2:56 Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
Loss 47–14 Glover Teixeira TKO (submission to punches) MMAAD: MMA Against Dengue November 27, 2011 1 1:58 Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 47–13 Michał Kita Decision (unanimous) MMAA: MMA Attack November 5, 2011 2 5:00 Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
Loss 47–12 Seth Petruzelli TKO (punches) Bellator 48 August 20, 2011 1 4:21 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 47–11 Doug Williams Submission (rear-naked choke) Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2 July 15, 2011 1 2:16 Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 46–11 James McSweeney Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 5: Daley vs. Shirai February 26, 2011 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 45–11 Daniel Tabera Decision (unanimous) Israel Fighting Championship: Genesis November 9, 2010 3 5:00 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 44–11 John Juarez Decision (split) USA MMA: Stacked July 31, 2010 3 5:00 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Win 43–11 Bobby Martinez Submission (heel hook) AFA 4: Parking Lot Beatdown July 17, 2010 1 1:03 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 42–11 Ken Sparks TKO (punches) USA MMA: Legends May 22, 2010 1 2:32 Kinder, Louisiana, United States
Win 41–11 Travis Fulton KO (head kick) CT: Cage Thug May 1, 2010 1 N/A Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 40–11 Brian Ryan TKO (punches) XKL: Evolution 1 March 20, 2010 2 2:05 Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
Win 39–11 Patrick Miller TKO (punches) STFC 10: Annihilation February 26, 2010 2 2:20 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 38–11 Moise Rimbon Decision (split) IAFC: Mayor's Cup 2009 November 27, 2009 3 3:00 Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia
Win 37–11 Justin Howard TKO (submission to punches) KOK 7: Judgement Day August 29, 2009 1 2:05 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 36–11 John Brown Submission (rear-naked choke) Reality Combat: The Return July 25, 2009 3 2:34 Slidell, Louisiana, United States
Loss 35–11 Mario Rinaldi Decision (unanimous) WFC: Battle Of The Bay 8 July 10, 2009 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 35–10 Doug Williams Submission (anaconda choke) Armagedon Fighting Championships 09 June 27, 2009 1 1:02 Tyler, Texas, United States
Loss 34–10 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) Mixed Fighting Alliance "There Will Be Blood" December 13, 2008 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 34–9 Robert Beraun Decision (unanimous) Rage in the Cage 117 November 8, 2008 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 33–9 Rob Broughton Submission (kneebar) Cage Gladiators 9 October 4, 2008 2 3:39 Liverpool, England
Win 32–9 Titus Campbell Submission (guillotine choke) Silver Crown Fights August 8, 2008 2 3:06 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 31–9 Johnathan Ivey Decision (unanimous) Xp3: The Proving Ground July 26, 2008 3 3:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 30–9 Chris Guillen Submission (armbar) Ultimate Combat Experience 1 June 27, 2008 1 4:30 West Valley City, Utah, United States
Loss 29–9 Travis Wiuff Decision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting April 11, 2008 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States YAMMA Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 29–8 George Bush Decision (unanimous) 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 28–8 Antônio Silva Decision (split) EliteXC: Street Certified February 16, 2008 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 28–7 Kevin Filal KO (head kick) PFP: Ring of Fire December 9, 2007 1 N/A Manila, Philippines
Loss 27–7 Ben Rothwell Decision (unanimous) IFL 2007 World Championship Finals September 20, 2007 3 4:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 27–6 Lloyd Marshbanks TKO (punches) MMA Xtreme 13 July 28, 2007 1 3:11 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 26–6 Imani Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) BIB: Beatdown in Bakersfield November 17, 2006 1 2:12 Bakersfield, California, United States
Win 25–6 Abdias Irisson TKO (punches) MMA Xtreme 7 November 11, 2006 1 N/A Tijuana, Mexico
Win 24–6 Ron Waterman TKO (doctor stoppage) WFA: King of the Streets July 22, 2006 1 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 23–6 Taylor Brooks Submission (armbar) MMA Xtreme 1 March 25, 2006 1 N/A Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 22–6 Robert Beraun Decision (unanimous) RITC 78: Back with a Vengeance January 14, 2006 3 3:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 22–5 Tyler Brooks Submission (armbar) Pro Fight League March 25, 2005 1 4:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 21–5 David Mori Decision (unanimous) MMA Fighting Challenge 4 December 3, 2005 3 5:00 Guadalajara, Mexico
Win 20–5 Corey Salter Submission (armbar) Ultimate Texas Showdown 3 November 26, 2005 2 0:17 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 19–5 Jimmy Ambriz TKO (submission to punches) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 1 4:13 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 18–5 Ron Waterman Decision (unanimous) WEC 16 August 18, 2005 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States For the WEC Super Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–4 Andy Montana Submission (armbar) Independent event July 15, 2005 1 1:50 Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States
Win 17–4 Ruben Villareal Submission (armbar) Extreme Wars: X-1 July 2, 2005 1 2:38 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 16–4 Scott Junk Submission (front choke) Rumble on the Rock 7 May 7, 2005 2 0:42 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 15–4 Mike Seal Submission (rear-naked choke) MMA Mexico: Day 2 December 18, 2004 1 1:06 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Loss 14–4 Pedro Rizzo Decision (unanimous) UFC 45 November 21, 2003 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 14–3 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 August 10, 2003 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 14–2 Tim Sylvia KO (punches) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 1 3:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Randy Couture TKO (submission to elbow) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 5 3:04 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–1 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (punches) UFC 37 May 10, 2002 2 3:25 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 12–1 Jeff Monson TKO (punches) UFC 35 January 11, 2002 3 3:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–1 Pete Williams TKO (punches) UFC 34 November 2, 2001 2 4:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Andrei Arlovski TKO (punches) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 3 1:23 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–1 Paul Buentello Submission (kneebar) KOTC 7: Wet and Wild February 24, 2001 2 4:21 San Jacinto, California, United States Won the KOTC Openweight Superfight Championship.
Win 8–1 John Marsh Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 12 December 9, 2000 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 7–1 Giant Ochiai Submission (smother choke) PRIDE 10 August 27, 2000 1 6:04 Saitama, Japan
Win 6–1 Gary Goodridge Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 9 June 4, 2000 2 10:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 5–1 Travis Fulton Submission (armbar) KOTC 2: Desert Storm February 5, 2000 1 4:49 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 4–1 Sam Adkins Submission (forearm choke) Armageddon 2 November 23, 1999 1 4:32 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 3–1 Bobby Hoffman KO (punches) SuperBrawl 13 September 7, 1999 1 3:13 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Steve Shaw Submission (armbar) Rage in the Cage 6 July 10, 1999 1 1:34 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 Rocky Batastini Submission (armbar) Extreme Cage March 25, 1999 1 4:58 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 1–0 Scott Adams Decision (unanimous) Extreme Cage March 25, 1999 3 4:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Bare knuckle recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Lewis Rumsey Decision (unanimous) BKFC 1: The Beginning June 2, 2018 5 2:00 Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States


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Preceded by UFC Heavyweight champion
September 27, 2002 – February 28, 2003
Succeeded by