With No UFC Offer on Table, Ricco Rodriguez Chasing 50 Wins

By Ray Hui

The list of former UFC heavyweight champions who are actively fighting outside of the UFC is minimal, and of those on the list, few have the recent credentials of outsider Ricco Rodriguez, currently riding a 10-match winning streak.

But don’t expect him in the immediate future inside the UFC Octagon, even if he records another win this Saturday at BAMMA 5.

“The reality is that the opportunity is not there at the present time,” Rodriguez said in an exclusive interview with MMAFighting.com. “That’s just the reality of it. There’s no reason to beat that subject, and the truth of the matter is that I’m sure the fans would love to see me back in the UFC. It’s just right now the opportunity doesn’t strike itself.”

Often times fighters released by the UFC due to losses are eventually invited back once they compile wins on the regional level. Or if the fighter is on poor terms with the UFC, there are more than a handful of instances where the UFC, or specifically, president Dana White, has shown time can mend relationships.

For nearly eight years, Rodriguez has been absent from a UFC-promoted card. In that time he has fought on 34 cards, ranging from local bouts in America to fights in Russia and Israel. Rodriguez’s next fight, promoted by a group called BAMMA (British Association of Mixed Martial Arts), takes him to Manchester, England.


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