Ricco Rodrigues: Seagal moved me around like a lightweight

by Joshua Carey | source: bleacherreport.com

“I fought 11 times in almost a year and a half,” Rodriguez recently told Bleacher Report. “That’s more than some people fight in their career. I’m just really excited to go out and just pick myself up from where I’ve gone in my personal trials and tribulations in life. It’s great and I just have my own personal goals, the thing is that I’m just excited to execute the hard work that I’ve put in. It’s like you study for a test and you get an A on it and it feels great, that’s what I feel like I’ve done. Not every fight has gone the way I wanted them to; I wanted to finish some fights.”

Rodriguez’s recent preparations have included learning under the tutelage of famed martial artist, Steven Seagal.

“I’ve always been a fan of Steven Seagal’s. I’ve always admired his acting skills and even as I got older and started chasing some of my own personal goals. Because when I was a kid, I watched the Bruce Lee movies and going to Japan, living in Japan and training at the takada dojo, traveling to Brazil, there was somewhat a similar situation to me and Seagal. So, getting to meet a person such as him, if I can explain to you how phenomenal his energy was, I can’t explain it unless you were because you just feel how motivating he is and how presentable he is. He’s a phenomenal person and a great guy.

"He moves like a cat and when he was demonstrating a couple of moves you could feel his power and his energy. I was like ‘yeah, I’m going to pay attention’, because he was moving me around like a lightweight and you can have your opinion, but the truth is Anderson Silva gives thanks and praise to Steven Seagal. You have to be respectful to him and mixed martial arts is exactly what it is, mixed martial arts. It’s many different styles, many different forms, many different philosophies, in conjunction with all these different styles you can be a better athlete. You have to be respectful to the older martial artist.”

“I’d like to give a special thanks Jean Jacques Machado, who just gave me my second stripe in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He just got presented his red and black belt from Rickson Gracie and I’m very grateful for that. Everytime I’ve went down the wrong path, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has always been a positive influence in my life. I’m really looking forward to opening my own gym, Crescent City Boxing it's in Metairie, Louisiana in New Orleans, so I’m really excited about that. Anyone that wants to come down and train, please come down to the gym.”

Rodriguez puts the aforementioned training to the test when he returns to action in the coming weeks and looks to continue his success.

" I think my consistency of being in the game of doing the right thing over and over again is what I think is important. I’ve consistently been training and even if I was rehabbing an injury, I was staying focused on the game. Being motivated to fight and having these opportunities, it’s been a great year, and I’ve been in the gym every day. So, I really didn’t have any time to not have success, because I was where I’m supposed to be."

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Redneck site profile image  

7/15/11 11:45 PM by Redneck

And Master Seagal's unblemished record in MMA continues.Congrats to Ricco for his victory in Shark fights tonight by Aikido Choke.

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7/12/11 2:28 AM by sakbjj

  the ass-pains this man causes a few of you mystifies me...

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7/8/11 4:33 AM by sakbjj

Cool story bro

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7/7/11 7:24 PM by Zapruder

I just wanted to be a part of this awesomeness above me

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7/7/11 10:45 AM by Granpa

As someone that actually trained with him, and was a student of one of his oldest students, I have to mostly agree with this. Aikido can be effective against the average Joe, but against a skilled boxer, kickboxer, wrester, etc., it would not fair well to say the least. For Aikido to be most effective, it requires a complete lack of control from the attacker, something that's not going to happen with any skilled athlete. There are certain principles, movements, from Aikido that can be incorporated into MMA that could be effective, but most of what he's teaching is not traditional Aikido techniques. He is simply applying what he's learned from Aikido about angles, distance, and movement, and inventing a way to incorporate that into fighting. For that, I'll give Seagal credit, in that he is very much like Bruce Lee in that he's open to different ideas and applications of traditional martial arts. As far as Seagal himself, the guy has an ego bigger than the entire solar system. It's because of this ego that he severed ties with his most loyal students. Students that left their families to come to the U.S. with the promise of expanding Aikido in the states, when in reality, all Seagal wanted to do was get into Hollywood. And he left those students high and dry to fend for themselves. That's not to say he's a bad person, he's not, but make no mistake, contrary to anything he might say, he puts his interest ahead of everyone else's. Everything he's doing with Anderson, Machida, etc. is to give legitimacy to himself.

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7/7/11 9:39 AM by rbl

 I don't like these flashy modern styles. I'll stick with traditional arts like muayt thai and jiu jitsu.

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7/7/11 8:33 AM by thefightingsheep

If there's one thing you go to an Aikido master for, it's to learn how to kick.

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7/7/11 8:06 AM by blueheron20816

Ive figured it out, sakbjj is steven seagal. welcome to the ug steve, liked under seige 1; under seige 2 however...eh, not so much

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7/7/11 1:16 AM by sakbjj

if you want to know who the fat, basement dwelling, wannabe tough guys of the ug are... look through seagal threads for their butthurt, negative, fighter and coach bashing posts in otherwise positive threads.your days of pulling on a tapout shirt and pretending to be a "cage fighter" are over chumps. MMA 3.0 is here and MMA is returning to MIXED MARTIAL ARTS and seagal and crew are leading the charge.fuck traneing ufc and fuck the pitbull totting, tribal tatted trash that have dragged the sport down for too long.long live seagal and his studentsvid related: the momment MMA 3.0 was confirmed in living color and seagal haters were relegated to sucking on his pee pee for all eternityhate on playas