Ricco Rodriguez Vs. Seth Petruzelli Takes Place At Bellator 48
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Bellator sent along the following press release:
When Ricco Rodriguez steps into the cage at Bellator 48 LIVE on MTV2 at 9pm EST, it will be a homecoming of sorts, as Mohegan Sun played host to his UFC Heavyweight Title fight victory against MMA legend Randy "The Naturalâ€ Couture. On Saturday, August 20th, Rodriguez will take on the â€œKimbo Killerâ€ Seth Petruzelli in a Heavyweight Special Feature Fight at Bellator 48.
â€œI_m really excited about being able to return to The Mohegan Sun,â€ Rodriguez said. â€œThe first thing that comes to my mind when I think about the Mohegan Sun is Randy Couture, and winning a Heavyweight Championship. I can_t wait to make my return.â€
A submission specialist with knockout power, Rodriguez enters the fight riding an 11-fight win streak, including a unanimous decision over UFC veteran James McSweeney in his last fight earlier this year. A Former Abu Dhabi Combat Club Absolute Division Champion with over 50 professional fights under his belt, Rodriguez is ready for anything Petruzelli can throw at him.
â€œThis fight_s going to end by KO, TKO or submission,â€ said Rodriguez. â€œThere_s no other way I see it ending. I want to finish Seth Petruzelli to let everyone know that I_m back, and I_m better than I_ve ever been.â€
No stranger to MMA fans, Seth â€œSilverbackâ€ Petruzelli became a household name after knocking out Internet phenom Kimbo Slice in just 14 seconds in 2008. Holding a 3rd degree black belt in ShitÅ-ryÅ« Karate and brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the knockout artist will be looking to build off his April victory over David Mewborn.
â€œI_m coming out there to put Ricco Rodriguez flat on his ass and punch my ticket to the next Bellator Tournament while I_m at it,â€ said a confident Petruzelli.
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