Yep, I am still in Denmark. I am headed for the airport and home in a few hours.
That match was at Ricksons first tournament at UCLA. We where both blue belts at the time, and we met in the finals.
I pulled guard and caught a triangle fairly early. Ricco held out on it, and eventualy passed, where he took head and arm and then a neck crank. It is exactly what I watched him do to everyone at that event that weekend. I was about 228 then. He was probably 310 or close to it, and by far the strongest guy I had ever wrestled up to that point. I remember Fabio Santos was yelling at me to open my legs and push off his hip to get a better angle and finish, as his back was huge. But at the time I was not clear what Fabio was saying.
I remember really wishing I had lost the 7 pounds so I could have been in the heavyweight div, and not the unlimited weight class. But in those days my diet was usualy Mcdonalds, and I had a different body.
I saw you where asking for footage on another thread. I did not record anything because Ricksons flyer said clearly no video. But then looking up in the stands at the event I saw a ton of people with camcorders, so live and learn. If you ever find footage let me know.
Burton was actually on the sidelines for all my matches that weekend, which I was very grateful for. He hung out all day Sat and Sun with me while I waited for them to call my name. . .which would sometimes take forever.
That seems like another lifetime now.