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IFC Drama for your Mama
A bizarre night last night at the IFC event in Redding, California. The IFC had an event that not many people knew about, which featured three tournaments. The tournaments were in the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Divisions.
Scary Jerry Vrbanovic won the Heavyweight Tournament as he defeated Big Country Nelson to win the Heavyweight portion of tourney, but that is when fireworks happened. For some reason former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco
Rodriguez was upset with the decision and threw a chair in disgust and that's when all hell broke loose. One eyewitness' sent this account to MMAWeekly....
"I was disgusted by what I saw at the IFC event. Scarry Jerry won a close decision and then Ricco Rodriguez started freaking out. He threw a chair that almost hit some woman affiliated with fighter Tim McKenzie. I talked with McKenzie after and he is filing charges against Ricco, so Rodriguez was being asked questions by Police at the Police station when I left. He could be arrested. It was just a bad night all the way around."
No word yet if Police arrested Ricco or even if they kept Rodriguez overnight. As of midnight when this story was filed, it was unclear if charges were filed by McKenzie's family against Rodriguez. The ending overshadowed wins by Drew Fickett who won his tournament at the Middleweight Division over Carlo Prader and Sean Beckett to win the tournament.
Team Quest member Chael Sonnen won his bracket to win the Light Heavyweight tournament. After his initial win, Tim McKenzie had a rib problem and could not face Sonnen in the final so Sonnen got the win.
******This in for the sake of IFC.
Just something to follow up with from yesterday's story. This weekend's
event in Redding, California was not an IFC event. Paul Smith from the IFC did do some behind the scenes work, but the event was done by a group called PC 415, Rage at the River which was held at the Win River Casino.
As far as Ricco Rodriguez goes, he did talk with police this weekend about his role in the melee after the heavyweight fight. Police did take his
picture, they filed paperwork, but they did eventually let him go according
to a few of the fighters at the event. As far as formal charges go, it's up
to the district attorney to see if they have a case or not. We will see what happens, but most likely nothing will happen from this weekend's show.
Last edited by Omega; 4/19/2004 4:41pm at .