Ricco Rodriguez clean, facing Big Hurt

source: tbo.com
 

Not long after shocking Mixed Martial Arts fans with his verbal submitting of Ultimate Fighting Championship legend Randy Couture in UFC 39 in 2002 and winning the heavyweight title, things went awry.

That hands on experience included a Las Vegas mansion, cars, women and recreational drug abuse. He became the first UFC fighter suspended for cocaine abuse after testing positive for both cocaine and marijuana. Time in therapy, which included Celebrity Rehab, has led to 2 1/2 years drug free.

Tonight, he faces another demon: The state of Florida.

Rodriguez (35-10) will face Port St. Lucie's Mario Rinaldi (8-2) in WFC's "Battle of the Bay 8" at the University of South Florida's Sun Dome. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the action begins at 8. A portion of the proceeds will go to Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

See, it's not totally Rinaldi that poses as that career hurdle. In his previous three MMA appearances in the Sunshine State, Rodriguez has walked away with three losses. His last bout in the state came December 13 in Miami where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Jeff Monson, someone he beat by technical knockout in 2002.

"You start questioning your ability and I'm superstitious," Rodriguez said. "I just haven't had any luck in Florida."

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DueceDroppin site profile image  

7/19/09 1:31 PM by DueceDroppin

^^^ I have always heard the exact same thing from people that I know who know/have known/met/trained with Ricco. Mario on the other hand is supposed to be a great guy and I don't think you can find anyone with anything bad to say about him. I'm not a ATT guy either!

jacktripper site profile image  

7/19/09 1:28 PM by jacktripper

fair enough... i still wouldnt put him on the same level as bobby hoffman though

Brigham site profile image  

7/19/09 1:09 PM by Brigham

 Damn, Ricco did not do well against Bill Huff at all. It almost looked like at one point, Bill was going easy on Ricco.

FLMikeATT site profile image  

7/19/09 12:49 PM by FLMikeATT

I knew Mario would pull it out. Good job man!

Hiza Geri site profile image  

7/19/09 12:44 PM by Hiza Geri

 ^

Titus Pullo site profile image  

7/19/09 12:26 PM by Titus Pullo

 ttt

Titus Pullo site profile image  

7/19/09 12:26 PM by Titus Pullo

 ttt

CHINESEFOOD site profile image  

7/19/09 12:19 PM by CHINESEFOOD

I agree that IS "douchy"

CHINESEFOOD site profile image  

7/19/09 12:19 PM by CHINESEFOOD

I agree that IS "douchy"

Diego stole my name site profile image  

7/19/09 12:00 PM by Diego stole my name

jacktripper thinks crashing a car while high on cocaine and then putting your supposedly dead girlfriends body in the drivers seat is a "douchy" thing to do



 

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