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Back at Heavyweight, Ricco Rodriguez Hunts for 12th Straight Win at ‘Shark Fights 17′

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Just one month before he makes his Bellator debut against Seth Petruzelli, Ricco Rodriguez has one final tune-up match to get through. “Suave” will meet Karl “The Original Son of Punishment” Knothe — a Minnesota-based fighter who has won his last 12 fights by first-round stoppage —in the co-headlining bout of Shark Fights 17, which goes down tomorrow night at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. Even though Knothe has primarily competed as a 205-pounder, the match is being held at heavyweight, which is a good thing considering that Rodriguez’s last two attempts to hit a weight limit under 265 have resulted in failure and more failure.

Ricco has been undefeated in 11 fights over the last two years, competing for 10 different promotions; the upcoming appearances for Shark Fights and Bellator will also be his first for those promotions, extending his epic transient streak. Rodriguez is coming off a decision win over James McSweeney at BAMMA 5 in February, followed by an unfortunate arrest in Arizona in May.

Shark Fights 17 will be headlined by a middleweight feature between UFC vets Matt Horwich and Jake Rosholt; the two fighters previously met at an Xtreme Fight Night event last November, in which Horwich won by third-round TKO. Check out the full card here.

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The_Dead_Cow- July 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm
That guy on the right looks like Chael Sonnen's adopted love child.
danomite- July 14, 2011 at 9:59 am
he's rocking a CP shirt? forget what i said about him being batshit crazy. I'm a fan now. and Shark Fights still exists? does the mafia use them to launder drug money or something?
omaplatapus- July 14, 2011 at 9:53 am
Ricco has been training in Baton Rouge for the past week or so, striking looks really crisp.
bgoldstein- July 14, 2011 at 9:25 am
Right here, ReX:
ReX13- July 14, 2011 at 8:09 am
Where's that pic of Horwich in his CP shirt?
Fried Taco- July 14, 2011 at 7:58 am
Ricco is back down to heavyweight? Good for him!