Exclusive interview: Ricco Rodriguez talks possible return to UFC:
Former UFC Heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez spoke to Cage Report in an exclusive interview. Rodriguez coming off a submission victory over John Brown at Reality Combat last month feels that he is once again ready for the big time. "I felt good getting that win but I'm not stopping here, I'm physically at the point where I feel I can make back into the big league" said Rodriguez.
When asked how he believes he matches with some of the top tier heavyweights in the UFC, the former champion claims he is eager to re-capture UFC gold "I'm serious about being a factor in this division. First and foremost I want my belt back. I know Lesnar is a huge guy but I've noticed several holes in his top game during his last fight that I could capitalize on. Yeah he beat Mir but Frank Mir doesn't possess the level of jiu-jitsu I have - which is really needed to neutralize the size advantage of Brock. Personally I don't get the hype, I think I was more impressive against Randy than Lesnar was, it looked like Randy was breaking him mentally until he landed the last shot"
The 31 year old Rodriguez also says he has been in talks about a possible match with Fedor Emelianenko "Yeah I’ve been approached about it, nothing's final yet but that's a fight I would definitely want. I know people will say I don't have a chance, but I destroyed the guy who handed Fedor his only loss. Fedor is a great fighter but, the training I've done at Wolfslair has improved my game tremendously so I think I've got a great shot at beating him."
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