Ricco Rodriguez: 'I've got a great shot at beating' Fedor Emelianenko

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"I'm serious about being a factor in this division. First and foremost I want my belt back. I know Lesnar is a huge guy but I've noticed several holes in his top game during his last fight that I could capitalize on. Yeah he beat Mir, but Frank Mir doesn't possess the level of jiu-jitsu I have, which is really needed to neutralize the size advantage of Brock. Personally I don't get the hype, I think I was more impressive against Randy than Lesnar was, it looked like Randy was breaking him mentally until he landed the last shot... Yeah I’ve been approached about [fighting Fedor Emelianenko], nothing's final yet but that's a fight I would definitely want. I know people will say I don't have a chance, but I destroyed the guy who handed Fedor his only loss. Fedor is a great fighter but, the training I've done at Wolfslair has improved my game tremendously so I think I've got a great shot at beating him."

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez talks about taking on the top two heavyweights in mixed martial arts today, Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko. "Suave" indicates that he has been approached by Strikeforce about a possible showdown with its prized Russian acquisition in his promotional debut in October. Nothing is official at this time -- please keep that in mind. Strikeforce has yet to sign an opponent for Emelianenko, but perhaps an announcement could come as early as tonight during the "Carano vs. Cyborg" broadcast on Showtime. Rodriguez, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, was among the most promising heavyweight prospects little more than five years ago before weight and substance abuse issues essentially derailed his career. The 31-year-old has recently attempted a comeback, but has struggled against decent competition such as Jeff Monson, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Travis Wiuff and others. Could he really put up a good fight against Emelianenko, and perhaps more important, is anyone interested in finding out?

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