Saturday, June 06, 2009

Riggs Calls out Baroni

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With their slug-fest just days away, MMA vet Joe Riggs believes that his Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” opponent, Phil Baroni, has very little confidence in his own abilities and that is why he turns to steroids.

“He always shows up in shape, looking shredded and puffed up, but I think he’ll be pharmaceutically enhanced, too,” Riggs told “Just because he doesn’t test positive for steroids doesn’t mean he’s not on them right now.”

Baroni was recently suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for two types of steroids, Boldenone and Stanozolol Metabolites, following his loss to Frank Shamrock at Strikeforce/EliteXC’s “Judgment Day” back in June of 2007.

Despite the embarrassment and year-long suspension, Riggs isn’t quite sure that “The New York Bad Ass” is completely clean today.

“…I don’t want to say that he’s on them for sure, because I don’t have any way of knowing that, but I do know that he’s done it in the past,” Riggs said. “I think he’s the kind of guy who relies on stuff like that because he doesn’t truly believe in himself.

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