Ricco Rodriquez recently said he had signed with Bellator:
While he’s currently preparing for his bout against James McSweeney in BAMMA next week, former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez has now signed a new deal to become a part of Bellator Fighting Championships.
"To be honest with you, I signed the Bellator contract and just waiting to get permission from MTV. Everyone wants me to do something, but they’re just concerned with my past, if I’m going to be hard to work with. It’s a great opportunity for Bellator, I would love to fight in that competition, it’s going to be great exposure, I just think Bellator’s going to blow up on the scene,” Rodriguez said.
Currently training in England with the Wolfslair, Rodriguez has been there for just over a month working with the team and is in the closing stages for his fight against McSweeney next week in BAMMA.
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However, Bellator's Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebmey said that he has in fact not signed:
"Ricco's a great fighter enjoying a spectacular rebirth to his career, but he is not signed to Bellator," Rebeny said when reached for comment.
Rodriguez, who's fought in 17 different promotions during his past 18 fights, had been signed for a Bellator 31 fight with Dave Herman before a knee injury forced him off the September 2010 card.
Nevertheless, the heavyweight, who recently competed in a 215-pound catchweight fight as he slims down, owns a 10-fight win streak going back to July 2009. He's also won 16 of his past 18 fights. During a UFC run from 2001-2003, he briefly held the organization's heavyweight title.
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