Ricco Rodriguez is accused of assault in Arizona. | File Photo:
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco
Rodriguez has reportedly been arrested in Ahwatukee, Ariz.,
following an alleged assault and resisting arrest.
Phoenix Fox affiliate
KSAZ reported Wednesday evening that the 33-year-old
Pride Fighting Championships and
UFC veteran was taken into custody over the weekend for
allegedly assaulting a cab driver and struggling with police
officers just south of the state’s capital city.
A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Rodriguez is accused of throwing
the cab driver to the ground following a dispute over a $75 taxi
fare. According to the report, police representatives stated it
took three officers to control the 6-foot-4 fighter.
“It’s our policy to handcuff behind -- that did not occur. He was
struggling with the officers, flailing his arms ...” Sgt. Steve
Martos told Fox 10 Phoenix.
Rodriguez (46-11) had a perfect 3-0 mark in Pride before winning
his first five UFC bouts and claiming the promotion’s heavyweight
title from Randy
Couture in September 2002. Following a crushing knockout loss
Sylvia in his first title defense, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu
black belt represented the UFC at “Pride
Total Elimination 2003,” where he suffered a controversial
decision defeat to Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira. Many fans and pundits alike scored the
contest for Rodriguez, who then competed on the big stage for a
final time in a lackluster decision loss against Pedro
The journeyman fighter has won 11 straight bouts, and last saw
action against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 cast member
McSweeney Feb. 26 at BAMMA 5.