Ricco Rodriguez Allegedly Signs With Bellator

He was the former UFC heavyweight champion. Then he was a cast member of the first season of VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Now he's apparently a Bellator Fighting Championships heavyweight.

MMA Weekly has the scoop:

While he's currently preparing for his bout against James McSweeney in BAMMA next week, former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez has now signed a new deal to become a part of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Rodriguez broke the news during a recorded interview for MMAWeekly Radio on Friday.

"To be honest with you, I signed the Bellator contract and just waiting to get permission from MTV. Everyone wants me to do something, but they're just concerned with my past, if I'm going to be hard to work with. It's a great opportunity for Bellator, I would love to fight in that competition, it's going to be great exposure, I just think Bellator's going to blow up on the scene," Rodriguez said.

Currently training in England with the Wolfslair, Rodriguez has been there for just over a month working with the team and is in the closing stages for his fight against McSweeney next week in BAMMA.

There's been nothing official from Bellator about where matters stand with Rodriguez, but ones hopes his drop to light heavyweight means he'll be in this season's tourney. He'd be an excellent test for Nik Fekete and could perhaps give himself the career boost he's been groping after for so long.

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