“Celebrity Rehab,” Ricco Rodriguez Debut on VH1

27 Jan

by MMA Junkies (2008-01-27)

Dr. Drew’s Episode 3 Analysis:
Listen to how Dr. Drew feels about Ricco and the tensions developing in rehab.

http://www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?id=1580120&vid=205043

A new series called “Celebrity Rehab,” which features former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, perhaps best known as a host on the radio and TV program “Loveline,” is an addiction specialist and oversees the celebrity’s rehabilitation during the show’s eight one-hour episodes.
The show runs weekly.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first mentioned the reality series back in October. In addition to Rodriguez, the show features Tom Sizemore, Chyna Doll, Brigitte Nielsen, Andy Dick, porn star Marey Carey and other fairly well known personalities.
VH1 has broadcast a number of teasers for the show; it’s far from being programming that’s suited for the whole family. (You can watch an official preview at VH1.com.)
After fighting for a handful of organizations, including PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rodriguez was signed to a UFC contract and defeated Andrei Arlovski in his Octagon debut in 2001. After four consecutive victories, he defeated then-champ Randy Couture at UFC 39 to win UFC’s heavyweight title. However, he lost his next three fights and left the organization soon after.
After a November 2006 “Beatdown in Bakersfield” victory over Imani Lee, Rodriguez tested positive for marijuana and cocaine and was suspended six months by the California State Athletic Commission.
Rodriguez (27-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC), 30, has won five of his past six fights and recently stated that he’s clean and has returned to training full-time. He’s slated to face Mike Kyle at this weekend’s WCO event in San Diego.
Rodriguez is a long time student of Fairtex and is sponsored by Fairtex.

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