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Ricco Rodriguez
Born August 19, 1977 (1977-08-19) (age 32)
Born in San Jose, California,
Raised in Staten Island, New York
Other names Suave, Puerto Ricco
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1][2]
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15.6 st)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle wrestling
Team American Fight Club
     Black belt in BJJ
MMA record
Total 49
Wins 38
By knockout 8
By submission 22
By decision 8
Losses 11
Draws 0
No contests 0

Ricco Rodriguez (born August 19, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent.[3] He is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion and has also competed in PRIDE Fighting Championship, EliteXC, International Fight League, World Extreme Cagefighting and King of the Cage. He holds notable wins over Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson and Randy Couture.


Early life

Rodriguez wrestled in high school while living in New York. He later moved to California and began training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado[3]. He competed and won many Jiu Jitsu tournaments before moving on to MMA.[4]

Rodriguez has a daughter, has appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,[5] Human Weapon where he faced Bill Duff in a draw, and also appears in some bonus footage of the The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr DVD.[6]

Mixed martial arts career

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[7]. He won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the Absolute (open weight) division in 1998.[8] In the following 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.


Rodriguez's first UFC match was at UFC 32 against Andrei Arlovski which he won by TKO. He was scheduled to fight Lion’s Den fighter 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 title shot against heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 39. 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 Tim Sylvia in the first round, losing the belt.

After this loss, he was dispatched to represent the UFC in PRIDE for a matchup between the former PRIDE champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (whom he had previously beaten in a submission grappling match[9]). Despite throwing several flying knees and taking down Nogueira several times, he lost the fight. Nogueira's multiple submission attempts and active attack were judged to be the determining factor in the match. Matt Hume, on the behalf of himself and the other judges, issued an explanation of the judging of the fight with approval of Pride FC's Rules Director, Yuji Shimata.[10] It was intended to clear up confusion amongst fans, as the American broadcast commentators as well as guest commentator Mark Coleman (a former training partner of Rodriguez) were unfamiliar with the rules and believed that Rodriguez had won.[citation needed]

Rodriguez fought his final match for the UFC at UFC 45 in a preliminary card match against Pedro Rizzo. In what he describes "one of the best prelim bouts [UFC] ever had," Rodriguez lost by decision.


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).[3] 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."[11]

Following his win against Imani Lee on November 17, 2006, Rodriguez was put under indefinite suspension by the California State Athletic Commission.[12] 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.[13]

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 International Fight League championship finals, he lost to Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision.

Rodriguez fought in the YAMMA Pit Fighting one-night heavyweight tournament as a late replacement. He defeated George Bush 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 fight against Jeff Monson at the inaugural Godz of War show.[14] 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 Ricco weighed in at a svelte 218 lbs, down well over 100 lbs from his peak in the mid-2000s.

Boxing career

Rodriguez made his professional boxing debut on October 12, 2006, beating 19-year-old Cruiserweight Brandon Baker by knock out. 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.

Personal life

Rodriguez has a daughter who he raised for two years as a single father.[15]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win United States Patrick Miller TKO (Strikes) STFC 10 - ANNIHILATION 2010-02-26 2 2:20 Mcallen, Texas
Win France Moise Rimbon Decision (Split) IAFC – Mayor's Cup 2009 2009-11-27 3 3:00 Novosibirsk, Russia ProFC Mayor's Cup Opening Round
Win United States Justin Howard Submission (Strikes) KOK 7 – Judgement Day 2009-08-29 1 4:06 Austin, Texas, US
Win United States John Brown Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Reality Combat – The Return 2009-07-25 3 2:34 Slidell, Louisiana, US
Loss United States Mario Rinaldi Decision (Unanimous) WFC – Battle Of The Bay 8 2009-07-10 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, US
Win United States Doug Williams Submission (Anaconda Choke) AFC 09 – Armagedon Fighting Championships 09 2009-06-27 1 1:02 Tyler, Texas, US
Loss United States Jeff Monson Decision (Unanimous) Mixed Fighting Alliance "There Will Be Blood" 2008-12-13 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, US
Win United States Robert Beraun Decision (Unanimous) RITC 117-Rage in the Cage 117 2008-11-08 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, US
Win United Kingdom Rob Broughton Submission (Kneebar) Cage Gladiators 9 2008-10-04 2 3:39 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Win United States Titus Campbell[16] Submission (Guillotine Choke) SCF – Silver Crown Fights 2008-08-08 2 3:05 Fort Wayne, Indiana, US
Win United States Johnathan Ivey[17] Decision (Unanimous) Xp3 – The Proving Ground 2008-07-26 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, US
Win United States Chris Guillen[18] Submission (Armbar) UCE – Ultimate Combat Experience 1 2008-06-27 1 4:52 West Valley City, Utah, US
Loss United States Travis Wiuff Decision (Unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 2008-04-11 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US YAMMA Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final
Win United States George Bush[19] Decision (Unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 2008-04-11 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US YAMMA Heavyweight Tournament Qaurter-Final
Loss Brazil Antonio Silva Decision (Split) EliteXC: Street Certified 2008-02-16 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, US
Win Kevin Filal TKO (Elbows) PFP – Ring of Fire 2007-12-09 2 0:21 Manila, Philippines
Loss United States Ben Rothwell Decision (Unanimous) IFL 2007 World Championship Finals 2007-09-20 3 4:00 Hollywood, Florida, US
Win United States Lloyd Marshbanks[20] KO (Right Hook) MMAX 13 – MMA Xtreme 13 2007-07-28 1 3:11 Tijuana, Mexico
Win United States Imani Lee[21] Submission (Rear Naked Choke) BIB: Beatdown in Bakersfield 2006-11-17 1 2:12 Bakersfield, California, US
Win Abdias Irisson KO (Uppercut) MMAX 7 – MMA Xtreme 7 2006-11-11 1 0:59 Tijuana, Mexico
Win United States Ron Waterman TKO (Doctor Stoppage) WFA: King of the Streets 2006-07-22 1 5:00 Los Angeles, California, US
Win Taylor Brooks Submission (Armbar) MMAX 1 – MMA Xtreme 1 2006-03-25 1 2:26 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss United States Robert Beraun Decision (Unanimous) RITC 78 – Back with a Vengeance 2006-01-14 3 3:00 Glendale, Arizona, US
Win Taylor Brooks Submission (Armbar) PFL – Pro Fight League 2005-03-25 1 3:50 Phoenix, Arizona, US
Win David Mori Decision (Unanimous) MMAFC 4 – MMA Fighting Challenge 4 2005-12-03 3 5:00 Guadaljara, Mexico
Win United States Corey Salter[22] Submission (Guillotine Choke) UTS 3 – Ultimate Texas Showdown 3 2005-11-26 2 0:17 Dallas, Texas, US
Win United States Jimmy Ambriz Submission (Punches) WEC 17 – Halloween Fury 4 2005-10-14 1 4:13 Lemoore, California, US
Loss United States Ron Waterman Decision (Unanimous) WEC 16 – Clash of the Titans 2 2005-08-18 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, US
Win United States Andy Montana[23] Submission (Armbar) IE – Independent Event 2005-07-15 1 1:50 Arizona, US
Win United States Ruben Villareal Submission (Armbar) Extreme Wars – X-1 2005-07-02 1 2:38 Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Win United States Scott Junk Submission (Front Choke) ROTR 7 – Rumble On The Rock 7 2005-05-07 2 0:42 Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Win Mexico Mike Seal[24] Submission (Rear Naked Choke) MMA Mexico – Day 2 2004-12-18 1 2:01 Juarez, Mexico
Loss Brazil Pedro Rizzo Decision (Unanimous) UFC 45 – Revolution 2003-11-21 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, US
Loss Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 2003-08-10 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss United States Tim Sylvia KO (Punches) UFC 41 – Onslaught 2003-02-28 1 3:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Lost UFC Heavyweight title
Win United States Randy Couture Submission (Strikes) UFC 39 – The Warriors Return 2002-09-27 5 3:04 Uncasville, Connecticut, US Won vacant UFC Heavyweight title
Win Japan Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Strikes) UFC 37 – High Impact 2002-05-10 2 3:25 Bossier City, Louisiana, US
Win United States Jeff Monson TKO (Punches) UFC 35 – Throwdown 2002-01-11 3 3:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, US
Win United States Pete Williams TKO (Strikes) UFC 34 – High Voltage 2001-11-02 2 4:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win Belarus Andrei Arlovski TKO (Strikes) UFC 32 – Showdown in the Meadowlands 2001-06-29 3 1:23 East Rutherford, New Jersey, US
Win United States Paul Buentello Submission (Kneebar) KOTC 7 – Wet and Wild 2001-02-24 2 4:21 San Jacincto, California, US
Win United States John Marsh Decision PRIDE 12 Cold Fury 2000-12-09 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win Japan Takayuki Okada Submission (North/South Choke) PRIDE 10 Return of the Warriors 2000-08-27 1 6:04 Saitama, Japan
Win Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge Decision (Split) PRIDE 9 New Blood 2000-06-04 2 10:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win United States Travis Fulton Submission (Armbar) KOTC 2 – Desert Storm 2000-02-05 1 4:49 San Jacincto, California, US
Win United States Sam Adkins[25] Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Armageddon – Armageddon 2 1999-11-23 2 3:53 Houston, Texas, US
Loss United States Bobby Hoffman KO (Punches) SB 13 – SuperBrawl 13 1999-09-07 1 3:13 Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Win Steve Shaw Submission (Armbar) RITC 6 – Rage in the Cage 6 1999-07-10 1 1:34 Phoenix, Arizona, US
Win United States Scott Adams[26] Decision (Unanimous) EC – Extreme Cage 1999-03-25 3 4:00 Phoenix, Arizona, US
Win United States Rocky Batastini[27] Submission (Armbar) EC – Extreme Cage 1999-03-25 3 3:11 Phoenix, Arizona, US


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