Saturday, June 06, 2009

Strikeforce Fight Week Preview: Phil Baroni Vs. Joe Riggs

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With 67 career fights between them, the word 'veteran' seems a bit weak here. Baroni is a notable hard hitter as eight of his 13 wins have come via KO, but he hasn't fought since last September, a long layoff for a guy entering his mid-30s.

That hasn't stopped him from talking a big game if you've been paying attention to any of the media surrounding him this week.

Riggs should have a bit of a chip on his shoulder as he was originally slated to fight Jake Shields, but Shields wanted a bigger fight and well, he got it. There are some concerns with Riggs' consistency as recent years have taken on a win one, lose one trend.

Baroni will have to be wary of Riggs' fists (15 KOs) and his submission skills (13 tapouts), both of which he is susceptible to. A title run seems highly improbable, but if a guy on the main card decided to skip past me, I'd be a bit pissed too.

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