Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday night (May 18, 2011) and charged with alleged assault and resisting arrest in Ahwatukee, Arizona, according to a report from Sherdog.com.
"Suave" was taken into custody after he allegedly assaulted a taxi driver and refused to cooperate with responding police, who needed three officers to get the mixed martial artist restrained.
He's currently being held in the Maricopa County jail.
While Rodriguez has competed for both UFC and PRIDE, he's perhaps best known (to the new generation of fight fans) for his public battles with obesity and drug abuse, even appearing on the "Celebrity Rehab" reality show with Dr. Drew.
Outside of his personal issues, Rodriguez is a world-class talent. In addition to capturing the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) title in 1998 (open weight), he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 39 to win the promotion's vacant heavyweight title in 2002.
The New York native returned to a slim and trim physique in 2010, competing seven times (and securing five finishes) in regional and International promotions.
He was last seen taking a unanimous decision victory over former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 contestant James McSweeney at BAMMA 5 earlier this year to win his eleventh straight bout.
His next fight is likely to take place inside a courtroom.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on Rodriguez's arrest as they become available.