Joe Riggs Talks Frustration With Strikeforce, Why He Left Arizona Combat Sports and Opponent Louis Taylor


Riggs will be headlining tonight's Strikeforce Challengers 10 card against Louis Taylor.

He spoke about his frustrations with Strikeforce to Sherdog Radio, transcribed by MMA Fix:

"I've been training hard, but Strikeforce just didn't give me a fight," said Riggs. "I've been training, been on ‘Bully Beatdown' on MTV and stuff like that, but I haven't been able to fight. Strikeforce has been talking about this card in Phoenix for like five months and kept talking about it and I didn't know it was going to be here for sure until like a month ago. I've been trying to fight, but they didn't give me a fight."

He talked about Arizona Combat Sports to SBN Arizona:

"Trevor (Lally) is a trainer, he's not an agent and he didn't understand that and he wanted 20 percent of our money," he said. "I make more money than those guys and 20 percent's a lot of money in my purse so we offered him 10 percent. Why would we go give 10 percent for another agent. He said, '20 or nothing' and he wasn't going to train anybody that he didn't manage so we had to take a walk. That's how that went."

I'd be very curious to know if Riggs' motivations for leaving Arizona Combat were shared by Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway and Aaron Simpson who all moved along not long ago. Carlos Condit also trained there at one time before departing for Greg Jackson's camp in New Mexico.

He also talked about his opponent for tonight to SBN Arizona:

"In all likelihood I walk in there and one punch and the guy goes out and that's it. But you never know. I always train for the worst, expect the worst, but hope for the best. In this sports there's so many ways to lose," Riggs said.

"I think (Taylor's) athletic, he's got heavy hands, he's got a lot of ability but he hasn't had a lot of fights. He's got nothing to lose. I'm the one who's got a lot to lose. I think that's were all the pressure lies, fighting in front of my hometown, in front of all my local fans, friends and family. You don't want to look like a jack-ass out there so yeah, there's always pressure."

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