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Anecdote of the Day: When Diesel (Almost) Met Kimbo

(He could have been as famous as Sean Gannon.)

From a new MMA Weekly profile on Joe Riggs:

The year is 2003. Riggs is at least a year away from his UFC debut. He’s fighting for $1,000 a show, good money for him at the time. Slice’s manager, Icy Mike, puts out a challenge to tough guys around the country — come to Florida if you think you can beat up Kimbo Slice. Win, and you get $10,000.

Riggs’ manager at the time, Trevor Lally, jumps at the offer. He emails Mike and says he’s got someone for him. He offers to put up $50,000 of his own money as a show of faith.

Riggs begins training in earnest and mentally preparing for a fight with Slice. But when Mike finds out about Riggs’ credentials, the door is promptly closed.

“I’d of beat the (expletive) out of him,” Riggs told “It would have been done. No Kimbo. I would have rubbed him out and saved everyone the headaches.”

Or Riggs could have videotaped his street brawls, something he jokingly wishes he did.

Back then, Riggs was a bloated heavyweight who had made his name beating up fellow fatties in the Phoenix-based Rage in the Cage promotion — and Icy Mike was still shuckin’ and duckin’. Luckily, Kimbo was able to find other opponents with acceptable credentials. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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walrus- September 16, 2008 at 4:28 pm
interesting story, to say the least.

I'd like to see a picture of Joe Diesel when he was a 300 pounder.

that picture's hilarious, by the way.
shutupandfight- September 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm
hey how come ya never see two black dudes fighting...or Mexican dudes...or Asian dudes...or Brazillian dudes?

it's almost always a white dude vs a white dude, a white dude vs an African American dude, a white dude vs an Asian dude, a white dude vs a Brazillian dude.

sometimes ya see a Mexican dude fightin a Mexcan dude by ya rarely see a Mexican dude fighting a white dude.

i don't really give a fuk...just something i've noticed.

i guess the fact that Riggs looks like he bobs for bricks in a bucket of hyrogen peroxide made me bring it up here.
Jeff- September 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm
Joe Riggs has found a way to make me pay attention to him.

I fucking hate Kimbo Slice.
jim- September 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm
acceptable credentials? the only person kimbo ever fought in his brawls was gannon. all the other "fighters" were just juiced up bodybuilders who clearly had never had a fight before or any sort of training in their life.
rh- September 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm
that jobba photo is fucking hilarious.

J- September 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm
The way Kimbo gets his opponents hasn't changed much from his street fight to ring fighting days huh?
steve- September 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm
joe riggs- living proof that you should avoid the tattoo parlor when you're drunk on the boardwalk.

i kid.

i still want to see kimbo ktfo, and think riggs may be a better matchup than shamrock.
poopiestick- September 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm
No Surprise. Kimbo is overrated and making millions.
Sarah Palin's Ass- September 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm
That tattoo is such a hunk of poo.

I fucking hate Kimbo Slice. He helps make a legitimate sport look like a joke.
shitwhistle- September 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm
Did a Sherdog search on Riggs - he submitted Herb Dean (strikes). Interesting.