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Ricco Rodriguez Assault Arrest Began With a Cab Fare Dispute, Ended With a Police Officer Being Shoved Into a Wall

New details have emerged in yesterday’s Ricco Rodriguez arrest story. From a KSAZ FOX 10 report published last night:

PHOENIX – Mixed martial arts fighter Ricco ‘Suave’ Rodriguez has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a taxi cab driver and resisting arrest.

According to Phoenix Police, the 33-year-old was arrested over the weekend after an incident with a cab driver in Ahwatukee, south of Phoenix.

Last Sunday, Rodriguez commissioned a cab driver to take him to a bar in Ahwatukee called the Garage.

When the cab fare came to $70, Rodriguez allegedly refused to give the driver more than $20. They got into an argument and the cab driver called 911.

Rodriguez grabbed the man and tossed him to the ground, according to police. When officers tried to take him into custody, he allegedly pushed one of them into a wall.

He’s a big guy — according to his jail booking information, Rodriguez is 6’2″ and 235 lbs.

Police say it took two Phoenix Police officers and an off-duty officer to get him under control.

“It’s our policy to handcuff behind — that did not occur. He was struggling with the officers, flailing his arms… one of the officers was pushed against the wall, and we believe at that point he sustained a minor injury or cut to his elbow,” says Sgt. Steve Martos.

Rodriguez is facing charges of assault and resisting arrest. He is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion and currently competes in MMA.

Rodriguez also had a brief stint on VH1′s reality show Celebrity Rehab.

Rodriguez last competed at BAMMA 5 in February, winning a unanimous decision over TUF 10 vet James McSweeney after missing weight for the second time in a row. It was his 11th-consecutive victory.

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wet_noodle- May 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm
He can probably get back on celebrity rehab now.
GistoftheFist- May 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Also learn that it's could'VE and not could OF.
SquidInk- May 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Intercept, maybe you should learn how to spell "immigration" before you start spouting off about any state's laws pertaining to it.
parchy mcthirst- May 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Where the fuck does RR live in regards to the bar he wanted to go to? $70????

Did the cab driver think that he was a foreigner and could rip him off? Wtf
macreadysshack- May 19, 2011 at 11:11 am
Once a primadonna douche, always a primadonna douche.
Pen Fifteen- May 19, 2011 at 10:26 am
I just used a taxi cab fare guide for Phoenix to price the route as specified in the video, and they give a fare of $47, for just one passenger. With tip plus another person, $70 seems believable. Either way, no way Ricco was getting that ride for $20.
Me likey- May 19, 2011 at 10:17 am
police always charge with everything they can because they know some of it will get dropped. they are just trying to make something stick. he was probably a royal asshole about the whole thing and pissed them off.
LET IT RAIN- May 19, 2011 at 10:11 am
they could of just tazed him. He would of changed his tune real quick.
The_Dead_Cow- May 19, 2011 at 9:20 am
Wildty speaks the truth. That was an hour cab ride easy. Plus, the public transportation system in Arizona is almost non-existent so you get screwed royally when you have to use it.
Morningwood- May 19, 2011 at 9:02 am
next he'll have a short stint on MSNBC's Lockup.
Wildty- May 19, 2011 at 8:45 am
It's a good 40 minute cab ride from Scottsdale Airport to The Garage with no traffic, more than an hour if the roads are packed. Don't want to pay the fare? Should have just thumbed your way there.
Fried Taco- May 19, 2011 at 8:38 am
bad side effects - but they are sad, too.
Fried Taco- May 19, 2011 at 8:38 am
It's the roids, they help you get in shape, but have bad sad effects, like going to jail.
intercept440- May 19, 2011 at 8:35 am
i love it how the cops sopin all this shit like its some big deal...there putting handcuffs on him and one of the cops slips into a wall and scrathes his elbow.. and the cops are like " yea man the perp was flailing erractically and like one of our fine officers sustained a cut to his elbow when he flipped into a wall"

it was more like oh shit i slipped in a dog turd and hit my funny bone on the wall ...ouch.. he guys lets charge shrekl over here with assualt and resisting arrest as well.. fuck it he is brown anyhow, maybe we can charge him under our immagration act hahahahah...hey lets also plant some weed on him to! then well take the rest of the day off and go to little darlings and cornhole us a hooker
imaterial- May 19, 2011 at 8:22 am
Yeah holy crap Ricco has lost loads of weight!

comeback inc
NotReadyStatus- May 19, 2011 at 8:16 am
"Rodriguez is 6’2? and 235 lbs"

Give him a break! He is clearly grumpy from sticking to his diet. Well done Ricco!
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 19, 2011 at 8:16 am
Twas the extra five bucks he was going to pay the hooker that was with him for the bj that pushed him over the edge.
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 19, 2011 at 8:14 am
Well im not trying to be too picky here... but everything Ive read and the very video posted above states 75 dollars nice Job CP. And yes I hope the cab driver was put in handcuffs as well what an asshole 75 bucks Jesus christ did he take him from california to arizona or what?
LOKI- May 19, 2011 at 7:57 am
What would you expect from a Puerto Rican.
chokeu2- May 19, 2011 at 7:57 am
What WK said! I'd be interested in the rest of the story. I've had to use cabs a lot while doing business travel; and that sounds exorbitant. I've taken a limo(Lincoln Continental in cab form) from downtown NYC to LaGuardia Airport and it didn't cost that much.
WK- May 19, 2011 at 7:50 am
$70 for a cab-ride.
I hope the cab driver was arrested for 1st degree robbery.