The former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco "Suave" Rodriguez has put his belt up for sale on Ebay. According to the sale, he is selling the belt to raise money for a mixed martial arts school he wants to set up.
After Josh Barnett was tested positive for steroids, the title was stripped from him and it was all up to Ricco and Randy Couture to fight for the belt. It was a rough battle amongst the two warriors, but Ricco was able to submit Randy via strikes in the 5th round and won the vacant UFC heavyweight title.
Here’s a snip of the Ebay auction:
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTABLE FOR THE UFC FAN!! THIS IS THE TIME TO BUY, AS THE SPORT GROWS IT WILL ONLY GO UP IN VALUE!! THIS IS THE BELT PUT ON RICCO RODRIGUEZ AFTER DEFEATING RANDY COUTURE IN UFC 39!!HE’S SELLING IT TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A SCHOOL WE ARE OPENING IN THE SOUTH. UFC 39 WAS A FIGHT FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. WITH HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE UP FOR GRABS ONE OF THE GREATEST FIGHTERS OF ALL TIME ENTERS THE CAGE WITH THE UNDERDOG, RICCO, AND AFTER SOME VERY TOUGH FIGHTING ON BOTH SIDES, RICCO IS FINALLY ABLE TO CONTROL AND DOMINATE RANDY COUTURE…VERY FEW HEAVYWEIGHTS CAN SAY THEY TAPPED RANDY COUTURE. ITS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW SKILLED RICCO RODRIGUEZ REALLY IS, THOUGH HE RARELY GETS THE CREDIT HE DESERVES….THE WINNING BIDDER WILL ALSO BE GIVEN AN AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF THE BELT ON RICCO, AND WELL AS A PICTURE HANDING THE BELT TO THE NEW OWNER. THIS IS THE UFC BELT, ITS A FEW YEARS OLD AND HAS SOME SMALL SCRATCHES AND THE LEATHER HAS SOME FADE TO IT, BUT ANY OF THIS COULD BE(AND MIGHT BE BEFORE IT LEAVES) TOUCHED UP.
The bid starts at $29,999.00 USD and will be up for auction until January 7th, 2008 @ 11pm ET. If you have the money, click here to bid on this item and help support Ricco!