Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco
Rodriguez was reportedly arrested early Sunday morning in Los
Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to
Rodriguez, 35, was allegedly pulled over around 1:25 a.m. and was
reportedly booked for misdemeanor DUI. According to the report,
Rodriguez was released several hours later after posting a $5,000
bail and may protest the charge.
Rodriguez, who is known outside the cage for his stint on the VH1
reality show “Celebrity Rehab,” captured the UFC heavyweight title
Couture in 2002 but relinquished the belt to Tim Sylvia in
his first title defense. Rodriguez parted ways with the UFC in 2003
and went on to compete under the WEC, IFL and EliteXC banners, in
addition to fighting regularly on the regional circuit.
More recently, the 68-fight pro has lost eight of his last 10 bouts
and was last seen falling to Croatian prospect Ante Delija
on Dec. 21. Rodriguez owns 38 of his 49 career wins by either
knockout or submission and has been finished just five times in
nearly 14 years as a pro.