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Joe Riggs Goes Off on Jake Shields

(Riggs shows off his green "Diesel" tattoo, otherwise known as the call for eco-friendly transportation solutions that was a little ahead of its time.)

When Strikeforce decided to call off a bout between Jake Shields and Joe Riggs in favor of matching Shields up with Robbie Lawler, we were pretty pleased with the change.  Joe Riggs is not.  Not only does he seem to feel that he’s missing out on an opportunity to “expose” Shields and get himself back in the top ten, he tells Ariel Helwani at that he’s also being straight-up dissed by Shields, and he is maaaaad.  As in, like, Dana White when you ask him about Affliction mad.  Check it:

“(Expletive) Jake Shields’ (expletive) (expletive),” Riggs said. “I have done enough in this sport to be (expletive) treated with a certain amount of respect, and to talk about me like I am a (expletive) Pat Smith or Tank Abbott…For one, I am like six years younger than that punk (expletive) (expletive). So, (expletive) him. People forget that I am (expletive) 25 [Ed. note: Really?  Just 25?  He’s right, I totally did forget that.  Is he sure he's not at least 32?]. (Expletive) that guy. I would really, really fight Jake Shields for free just to shut his mouth up.”

“I had been trying to get that fight with Shields for probably three years. I have been trying to chase him down, and I am sure he had something to do with it; I am sure that guy didn’t want to fight me because I am pretty much the same exact fighter as Robbie Lawler. But if he loses to Lawler, who is ranked third in the world at 185, it’s out of his weight class so he doesn’t care. With me, he doesn’t have an excuse.”
“(Expletive) him,” a fired up Riggs said. “I will (expletive) him up. I beat his teammate Nick Diaz’s ass, and I will beat his ass too. I mean, that is a very disrespectful thing to say. I have beaten a lot of tough guys in the world. I have had my fair share of losses, as well; I have had my ups and downs. But look who I have fought; I have fought nothing but top guys.
“In the UFC, I fought nothing but the best. And that guy just says that because I am a bad matchup for him. I am just as good a wrestler as he is; I don’t think he would be able to take me down. And on the feet, he is a girl. His girlfriend or wife probably slaps him around standing up [Ed note: Oh snap!]. He is a (expletive) joke. That guy thinks he is way, way better than he is. Everybody wants to fight him because the first person to expose him is going to look like the man.”

Instead of Shields, Riggs is now getting a match-up with Baroni, which is about as exciting to Riggs as the Riggs/Shields match-up was to Shields.  And yet Riggs doesn’t seem to see the parallels in the two situations.  How sad. 

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big ron- March 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm
all you asses would be pissed off too if you trained your asses off for a fight im a personal good friend of joes and ive been working with him the past months helping him get ready. Bottom line is the guy works hard and for jake to say that is bullshit,in my opinion jake is ducking riggs because its a bad matchup. Come on now i havent seen jake fighting in ufc for the belt like joe did. Joe has and wants to fight the best out there so i say screw shields and screw you riggs haters
Dru Down- March 26, 2009 at 11:10 am
What's the policy on banning posters?

Unrelated to this thread of course.
Joe Rigg's mouth- March 26, 2009 at 9:31 am
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portland mma- March 26, 2009 at 8:02 am
I like them both but they can fuck themselves for Scott Coker changing the venue out of Tacoma.
k- March 26, 2009 at 7:53 am
Lawler is overrated.
COOL!- March 26, 2009 at 6:49 am
Clyde- March 26, 2009 at 6:17 am
Daley does have heavy hands, but he's not a great wrestler and shields wasn't exactly taking him down at will.

I don't think Shields has got the skills to stand up with Lawler and he'll have some trouble getting it to the ground I expect. I'd go with lawler by KO/TKO.
MMA Zen- March 26, 2009 at 2:38 am
Of Riggs' losses, 60% come from submissions, so he's obviously not as good of a wrestler as he likes to think. Going up against arguably the best jiu jitsu athlete at 170, he seriously thinks he can't be taken down and submitted? Paul Daley has heavy hands, but that didn't stop Shields. I think Riggs overestimates his own ability. Sure he was in the UFC... three years ago. Let's face it, fans would rather watch Shields v Lawler. Personally I'd like to see Shields v Koeschek.
portland mma- March 25, 2009 at 8:59 pm
Matt Brown's actually got my respect now, i thought he was a joke at first but that dudes a warrior, if you're going to say some shit like that say it about Pete Sell. It blows my mind people talking shit about Shields, the dude hasn't lost since 2005 and has finished his last 7 fights, none of which have seen a third round.
Hey_Mescan- March 25, 2009 at 8:32 pm
I don't agree with Riggs here. Shields definitely needs to be fighting top ten competition right now. Good call by Strikeforce on this one.
Stevia Addict- March 25, 2009 at 7:21 pm
Speak English Chiggs. Don't hide behind slang. "Why so illiterate homey?".
Chiggs- March 25, 2009 at 7:12 pm
I dunno he has a bit of a reason to be abit pissed off for sure. And who cares if he swears an cusses, half of ya's dissin on him usually hang of DW's nuts No? Ah well either way I like Riggs, unfortunatley for him, he has had some crazy 'ups an downs' Like his child passing away when he was just 22/23 which is a fucked up thing to deal with, let alone at such an early age(him and CHild) He sure as fuck is a helluva lot better then alot guys in the UFC atm, Matt Brown Im looking at you :> and has done not as good as he coulda/shoulda perhaps but also took on some of the best at the time. Sucks he got bumped by Shilelds who is overhyped and underskilled. I also think hes way to cocky/arrogant for what hes has or hasnt done in MMA. Take it to em Diesel!!! Fuck up Phil Bologna!! Just not like Cote fucked up Silva thou..that kinda sucked :/
Anonymous- March 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm
He's not a douchebag, i would be pretty too if a promotion announced a fight with someone I wanted a fight SO0O Badly, and they turned it down because the guy I was supposed to fight decided to move up a weight class FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER.
Its like someone promising me money to pay for my college tuition, and by the time my payment is due they decide to spend it on something/someone else
joe riggs- March 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm
fuck you guys, just because i basically broke my spine from a judo throw from someone you guys have never heard of, and robbed nick diaz from a decision doesn't mean i wont fuck up shields. Do you guys know how fucking bad ass I am for bleaching my hair after 1997.
norremo- March 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm
Who cares about these two bums? Neither one of them is good enough to compete in the UFC.

Retard rejects in my book.
APPLE JEWS- March 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm


Fat Irish Pirate- March 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm
on a side note, i always liked Riggs, but he is way too much like Belfort, with the emotions and the ups and downs. "Had my ups and downs" is not a training regiment, its called not having your head in the game. Better fighters in better camps had worse ups and downs than Riggs and proved their toughness throughout. Hell, even the ring girls have better "ups" and "downs" and they're still smiling. Get a better camp, get your head in the game and go win one for the Irish, Joe.

P.S., if you happen to read this, Joe, im still a fan, so dont (expletive) kick my (expletive), thanks bro
Fat Irish Pirate- March 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm
I dont understand, what is an (expletive), is that like blocking out bad words, like...Shamrock...or something?
MoTropolis- March 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm
He must be 25 in washed up fighter years, which apparently, exists.
anallube- March 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm
i really think shields stand up is not so good and his ground game is not bad. but i remember this one episode of inside mma where shields was a guess on and bas said something about his stand up game being really good i just laughed my fucking ass off. overall i would love to see riggs against shields. but yea riggs to needs to act more mature but hey i would get mad too.
Darwin- March 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm
Jake Shields, why you (expletive) homy?
nonamebiach- March 25, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Lol good one
Genetic Jesus- March 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm
WTF, New explitive thing bullshit fuck ass bull shit !:D
Dana White- March 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Wait, is that what I (expletive) sound like when I (expletive) talk?

I am so (expletive) ashamed; time to (expletive) a new leaf over.
Snappin Limbs- March 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm
I would love to see Jake Shields put his him to sleep or snap one of his limbs in half.