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7/10/09 10:17 AM
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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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7/10/09 10:19 AM
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Good to see Ricco getting back on track. He's a hell of a talent.
7/10/09 10:25 AM
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7/10/09 10:27 AM
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 Does he still have his Vegas Mansion?

TTT for Ricco getting his shit together and making another heavyweight title run.
7/10/09 10:43 AM
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ttt for ricco... glad to see him back!

gonna be a good fight w/ mario... wish i could see it.
7/10/09 11:00 AM
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Brigham -  Does he still have his Vegas Mansion?



he tried to ebay his belt...i doubt he still has the mansion
7/10/09 11:01 AM
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Brigham -  Does he still have his Vegas Mansion?



he tried to ebay his belt...i doubt he still has the mansion

 Didn't he want like, a million dollars for it though?
7/10/09 11:32 AM
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 ttt for Ricco Rodriguez.

Big Hurt is a scary talent though. He came up here and fought a local badass, and after a takedown, we never found the guy:
Mario Rinaldi v Jason Dolloff (10).JPG
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7/10/09 11:35 AM
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not a fan.
7/10/09 12:04 PM
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I would love to see Ricco at 100% and picking up where he left off before he let things start going south. Such an incredible amount of potential.
7/10/09 12:16 PM
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 I actually still think he'd beat Mir if he had a real camp and was in a good spot.
7/10/09 12:34 PM
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Agreed. Ricco's worst enemy is himself. Whether people agree or disagree that Big Nog got a gift decision over Ricco in Pride, the fact that the decision aroused such controversy underscores just how close the fight was, and Nog was considered top-notch back in those days. Despite some shortcomings and his personal demons, Ricco was world class in his prime.
7/10/09 12:37 PM
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sifu michael - Agreed. Ricco's worst enemy is himself. Whether people agree or disagree that Big Nog got a gift decision over Ricco in Pride, the fact that the decision aroused such controversy underscores just how close the fight was, and Nog was considered top-notch back in those days. Despite some shortcomings and his personal demons, Ricco was world class in his prime.


True.There was a time when IMO Ricco could beat any HW.
7/10/09 12:38 PM
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 War Ricco!!
7/10/09 12:40 PM
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inf0 - He should beat Rinaldi if he's anywhere near decent shape... maybe even if he isn't.


You don't know what you're talking about.

Mario is a beast and he trains his ass off day in and day out.

war Mario!
7/19/09 2:37 AM
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Yeah, Rinaldi took a decision.
7/19/09 3:10 AM
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Win Doug Williams Submission AFC 09 - Armagedon Fighting Championships 09 6/27/2009 1 1:02
Loss Jeff Monson Decision (Unanimous) Mixed Fighting Alliance - There Will Be Blood 12/13/2008 3 5:00
Win Robert Beraun Decision (Unanimous) RITC 117 - Rage in the Cage 117 11/8/2008 3 3:00
Win Rob Broughton Submission (Kneebar) CG 9 - Beatdown 10/4/2008 2 3:39
Win Titus Campbell Submission (Guillotine Choke) SCF - Silver Crown Fights 8/8/2008 2 3:06
Win Johnathan Ivey Decision (Unanimous) Xp3 - The Proving Ground 7/26/2008 3 3:00
Win Chris Guillen Submission (Armbar) UCE - Round 31 Finals 6/27/2008 1 4:30
Loss Travis Wiuff Decision (Unanimous) YAMMA - Pit Fighting 1 4/11/2008 1 5:00
Win George Bush Decision (Unanimous) YAMMA - Pit Fighting 1 4/11/2008 1 5:00
Loss Antonio Silva Decision (Split) EliteXC - Street Certified 2/16/2008 3 5:00
Win Kevin Filal KO (Head Kick) PFP - Ring of Fire 12/9/2007 1 N/A
Loss Ben Rothwell Decision (Unanimous) IFL - 2007 Team Championship Final 9/20/2007 3 4:00
Win Lloyd Marshbanks TKO MMAX 13 - MMA Xtreme 13 7/28/2007 1 3:11
Win Imani Lee Submission (Rear Naked Choke) BIB - Beatdown in Bakersfield 11/17/2006 1 2:12
Win Abdias Irisson TKO MMAX 7 - MMA Xtreme 7 11/11/2006 1 N/A
Win Ron Waterman TKO (Doctor Stoppage) WFA - King of the Streets 7/22/2006 1 5:00
Win Taylor Brooks Submission (Armbar) MMAX 1 - MMA Xtreme 1 3/25/2006 1 N/A
Loss Robert Beraun Decision (Unanimous) RITC 78 - Back with a Vengance 1/14/2006 3 3:00
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Win Corey Salter Submission UTS 3 - Ultimate Texas Showdown 3 11/26/2005 2 0:17
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Win Andy Montana Submission (Armbar) IE - Independent Event 7/15/2005 1 1:50
Win Ruben Villareal Submission (Armbar) Extreme Wars - X-1 7/2/2005 1 2:38
Win Scott Junk Submission (Front Choke) ROTR 7 - Rumble On The Rock 7 5/7/2005 2 0:42
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Loss Pedro Rizzo Decision (Unanimous) UFC 45 - Revolution 11/21/2003 3 5:00
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Loss Tim Sylvia TKO (Punches) UFC 41 - Onslaught 2/28/2003 1 3:09
Win Randy Couture Submission (Elbow) UFC 39 - The Warriors Return 9/27/2002 5 3:04
Win Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Punches) UFC 37 - High Impact 5/10/2002 2 3:25
Win Jeff Monson TKO (Punches) UFC 35 - Throwdown 1/11/2002 3 3:00
Win Pete Williams TKO (Strikes) UFC 34 - High Voltage 11/2/2001 2 4:02
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Win Paul Buentello Submission (Kneebar) KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild 2/24/2001 2 4:21
Win John Marsh Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 12 - Cold Fury 12/9/2000 2 5:00
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7/19/09 3:11 AM
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7/19/09 5:42 AM
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I dunno about Ricco anymore. His fight against Bill Duff on Human Weapon wasn't very good. He had trouble.
7/19/09 8:04 AM
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 Did this event not happen?
7/19/09 8:35 AM
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 It happened.
7/19/09 8:50 AM
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Rinaldi won.
7/19/09 10:08 AM
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That sucks
7/19/09 10:14 AM
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That sucks

 No it doesnt. Im just sad Mario didnt finish him.  Ricco is a turd.  Besides the shit stories on "rehab" have you ever even been in a room or worse a car with him?  The guy is not a good person and I have always been happy to see him lose.  Hes up there with Bobby Hoffman for MMA man of the year award.
7/19/09 11:57 AM
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That sucks

 No it doesnt. Im just sad Mario didnt finish him.  Ricco is a turd.  Besides the shit stories on "rehab" have you ever even been in a room or worse a car with him?  The guy is not a good person and I have always been happy to see him lose.  Hes up there with Bobby Hoffman for MMA man of the year award.


lets have some sense of scale here... hoffman is a violent psychopath, ricco is just a douche

there was a time when he was one of the greatest mma fighters in the world though

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