Former UFC Champ Ricco Rodriguez Reportedly Arrested On Suspicion of DUI

March 5, 2013
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez was allegedly arrested on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

TMZ.com first reported the news.

Rodriguez was reportedly pulled over at 1:25 a.m. and later booked for misdemeanor DUI after failing a breathalyzer test.  Law enforcement told TMZ that Rodriguez voluntarily took the breathalyzer test.

He was released several hours later on $5,000 bail, and plans to fight the charges.

Rodriguez won the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 39 on Sept. 27, 2002, defeating Randy “The Natural” Couture.  He lost the belt in his first title defense in Feb. 2003 to Tim Sylvia at UFC 41.

He and the UFC parted ways following two more losses in late 2003.  His professional MMA record stands at 49-19.  He last fought in December, losing to Ante Delija in Croatia.  He has lost eight of his last ten fights.

Rodriguez is known outside of MMA circles for his appearance on the first season of the VH1 reality series “Celebrity Rehab.”

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