Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez will fight highly-touted heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at EliteXC’s “Street Certified” event on February 16th in Miami.
Rodriguez (27-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) fought in the UFC from 2001 through 2003. After wins over Andrei Arlovski, Pete Williams, Jeff Monson, and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka Rodriguez defeated Randy Couture to win the promotion’s then-vacant heavyweight title. In his very next fight, however, he lost the belt to Tim Sylvia. After losing back-to-back-to-back fights Rodriguez has bounced back strongly earning a 13-3 record in a variety of MMA promotions. After dropping his IFL debut against Ben Rothwell in September Rodriguez defeated Kevin Filal via TKO in his last fight in December.
Silva (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fought as a 300-pound super heavyweight before dropping down to the 265-pound heavyweight limit for his last EliteXC fight in November, a first round win over Jonathan Wiezorek. None of his 10 professional bouts have made it past the first round.