Rodriguez Stops By Bisping Camp
LAS VEGAS -- Ricco
Rodriguez joined Michael
Bisping’s camp Monday night in a brief cameo appearance at the
Tapout Research and Development Training Center.
The former UFC heavyweight champion couldn’t stay for long due to
prior engagements, so I’ll cut to the chase and say he looked
Rodriguez’s weight issues have been his main story line since he
lost the title to Tim Sylvia at
UFC 41 in 2003.
At one point, Rodriguez, who battled his boozing and gambling
addictions publicly on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008, had
ballooned to well over 300 pounds -- a far cry from the 230 pounds
he’d carried in his heyday.
I didn’t think to ask Rodriguez his weight (and even if I had, I
probably wouldn’t have asked anyway), but he looks to be sound in
body, mind and soul now. If I had to guess, I’d say the 31-year-old
fighter is back in the 260-pound range and calm and collected as
Rodriguez told me he’s preparing for a fight at TPMMA’s “Armageddon
‘09” on June 27 in Tyler, Texas, then for another at the WFC on
July 10 in Tampa, Fla., and yet another title bout on July 25 for
Clementi’s Reality Combat in Slidell, La.
That’s quite a comeback schedule.
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