Former UFC heavyweight champion and third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt, Ricco Rodriguez has today made his position official at The MAC at Haworth, a move that will certainly make the small village gym stand out among the rest.
Owner and head coach of The MAC at Haworth, Michael Faulkner said:
“It’s fantastic for the students of The MAC and those in the local area that we will officially be under the banner of the ‘Ricco Rodriguez System’, a truly great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.”
“I have personally known Ricco for many years, from his days at the Wolfslair, and his advice was a great help when we created our own unofficial in-house grappling program a couple of years ago.”
“We look forward to welcoming him to our facility for the very first time in the coming months and building on our relationship long into the future.”
In the Jiu-Jitsu world Rodriguez began training alongside the likes of Jean Jacques Machado and went on to most notably win the gold medal at the first ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 1998 in the +99kg division. He returned the year after to take bronze in the Absolute division and in 2000 picked up the silver medal in the +99kg division.
“Suave”, as he’s otherwise know, made his MMA debut back in 1997 and after a brief spell with PRIDE over in Japan soon made his way to the UFC octagon. He reeled off five straight wins, defeating the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson and the legendary Randy Couture to capture the UFC heavyweight title. Rodriguez would go on to have a storied MMA career spanning almost twenty years, compiling a 53-25 (1) record.