Ricco Rodriguez aims for final UFC return

by Damon Martin | source: mmaweekly.com

“Been a lot going on in my career. Last 10 fights, dropping down to 205, winning my last 10, just been a tough year working real hard, and I’m ready to step up to the big leagues,” Rodriguez told MMAWeekly.com. “All my past history with Dana and everyone, I just want to totally apologize and hopefully put it behind us and there’s still some great fights that the fans want to see. Hopefully all this can be possible.”

“The biggest thing is I was one of the guys that was one of the beginning pioneers. When I say that I say guys like Royce Gracie, I say guys like Renzo Gracie, I say guys like Ken Shamrock, who were there. I was there during that transition with guys like Tito Ortiz and Mark Kerr and Sakuraba. I was there when the sport wasn’t even legalized at the time."

“I don’t ever want to walk away from this sport looking down at some of the things I’ve done in the past. One of the things about anybody is forgiveness, and I’ve done my hard work and with my conditioning and with my great shape and with traveling around the world and fighting, brought my record to a decent record, 45-11, and just been able to go out there and showcase my skills."

“I want to be able to end my career in the UFC."

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THE_REAL_AMERICAN site profile image  

12/27/10 7:28 PM by THE_REAL_AMERICAN

 this was less than 2 months ago...    

THE_REAL_AMERICAN site profile image  

12/27/10 7:27 PM by THE_REAL_AMERICAN

 what about the Bellator fight this year where he was the "hired-gun" to take out Dave herman... oohhh wait.... rico tucked week and a half out...     If he does get back in the UFC i hope uncle joe puts Pee Wee up against him .... then which knee will hurt? 

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

12/27/10 4:28 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

McCorkle got a shot in the UFC and wound up parlaying a victory over Hunt into a co-main event slot. So, why wouldn't Ricco deserve the chance to get back to where he once ruled? This one is a no brained. Rodriguez in the UFC and let's see what he has left in the big show.

HELWIG site profile image  

12/27/10 4:06 PM by HELWIG

 6'4 and 205lbs is crazy with his skill set. Nobody in the 205 division currently is gonna outclass him on the ground.

RKing85 site profile image  

12/27/10 3:13 PM by RKing85

If he can stay focused and stay at 205 and pick up some solid wins outside the UFC, I would have no problem with him getting another fight in the UFC at some point.

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12/27/10 12:55 PM by badboyhere


CDarwin site profile image  

12/26/10 6:31 AM by CDarwin

In that quote he doesn't say his legacy is the same as Royce, Renzo etc. He says he is one of the pioneers and was around back in the day when those guys wre active.Big difference.I see no reason not to give him a shot or two in the UFC at this point.

Mocrates site profile image  

12/26/10 4:43 AM by Mocrates

Not to take away from Ricco, but this thread reminded me of the classic moment between Mark Kerr, Bas Rutten, and Ricco Rodriguez.Not Safe For Workhttp://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkn56_bas-rutten-kos-ricco-rodriguez_sport

HardyJenns site profile image  

12/26/10 1:38 AM by HardyJenns

He actually was one of the first guys who actually did this-- he used to train with everyone (Bas, Hume, Punishment, several gyms in Japan, etc)Ricco was a true student of the sport, he trained all over back when most people stayed with just one team foreverI always had a lot of respect for him, he had an awesome run with Pride and the UFC for a few years thereHis weight loss is impressive after all the problems he had, I'd like to hear his regimenRicco/Couture rematch is a great idea

junon site profile image  

12/26/10 1:22 AM by junon

rematch with Couture.