Ricco Rodriguez in talks with UFC over 3-fight contract, Lesnar, Carwin, Couture

Former UFC heavyweight champion, Ricco Rodriguez is in negotiations with the UFC over a new three-fight, six-figure contract heading into 2011. “Suave” is at an advanced stage of negotiations with the Las Vegas based promotion after putting together a ten-fight winning streak.

On top of that, despite a recent switch to the light heavyweight division, Rodriguez is being lined up to take on a couple of the biggest heavyweights on the roster, with former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, former UFC interim heavyweight champion, Carwin, and a rematch with the legendary Randy Couture.

Following the end of his UFC contract, Rodriguez fought for a number of regional and national promotions. He also gained a significant amount of weight, at one point weighing 350 pounds. On July 22, 2006, in a rematch of their August 2005 bout in the WEC, he avenged a loss to Ron Waterman at WFA: King of the Streets. He fought as a superheavyweight, weighing in at 300 pounds, and was quoted as saying “I’m fat but I still got skills.”

Following his win against Imani Lee on November 17, 2006, Rodriguez was put under indefinite suspension by the California State Athletic Commission. Rodriguez had tested positive for both marijuana and cocaine and was subsequently given a six month suspension for the failed drug test. Rodriguez had appeared on season one of the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Ricco has not lost a fight since July 10th, 2009 and has raked up a staggering ten fight win streak, with seven of those ten wins this year alone.

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