Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Joe “Diesel” Riggs is at 170 to stay - PRO MMA Exclusive Interview

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PRO MMA: Hey Joe thanks for taking this time with us. How are you feeling physically right now? Are your past injuries still nagging you or are you back to 100%?
Joe Riggs: I’ve been good for a long time. I’ve been training hard for a while now.

PRO MMA: Where have you been training lately and who have you been training with?
Joe Riggs: I’ve just been sparring a lot with my boxing camp that I’ve been with since I was ten years old, Edwin Dewees and a bunch of really good jiu-jitsu guys down at the Lion’s Den. I’ve also been training at Xtreme Couture down in Vegas so I’ve been kind of going back and forth.

PRO MMA: So after the first bout was canceled it looks like you’re finally going to fight Luke Stewart on November 21st. What are your thoughts on Stewart and how do you feel you guys match up?
Joe Riggs: Stewart’s a tough guy. He’s a jiu-jitsu black belt so anytime you fight a guy with that kind of background you have to be careful. At the end of the day he’s a tough guy but he’s just a club fighter and it should be a fairly easy win for me but you never know, it’s mixed martial arts so you have to be careful. I’m going to train like he’s a guy like Misaki. I’m going to train hard for him.

PRO MMA: Is the Luke Stewart fight the last fight on your contract with Strikeforce?
Joe Riggs: Yes it is.

PRO MMA: I saw that Rage in the Cage had you listed on their November 8th show but Strikeforce has come out and said you definitely will not be fighting on that card. Can you shed some light on that situation for us?
Joe Riggs: Well Roland, the owner of Rage in the Cage, asked me months ago if I would be willing to fight in their first card that would be full mma rules and I said that if I didn’t have anything coming up that I would be more than happy to, you know, just in case I sign with the UFC it would probably be the last time I would be able to do it. So I said yeah but it all depends on if Scott Coker and Strikeforce don’t have anything for me and if they allow me. That was like five months ago and without even asking me they just put my name on there, it is what it is but I’m definitely not fighting on that card.

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