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Joe Riggs Is Prepared For a “Pharmaceutically Enhanced” Phil Baroni in Strikeforce Fight

(Baroni training at Xtreme Couture, looking ripped.)

Joe Riggs was expecting a fight with Jake Shields in Strikeforce this summer and didn’t take kindly to the news that he would be getting Phil Baroni instead, but talking with Riggs this afternoon he said his focus is now fully on Baroni, who he is expecting to be “pharmaceutically enhanced” when they meet in the Strikeforce cage on June 6.  While the “Diesel” stopped short of saying that Baroni was definitely on the juice, he did say that Baroni exhibits all the typical signs of a steroid user, from his physique to his performance on fight night.

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

“…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.  I think he’s the kind of guy who relies on stuff like that because he doesn’t truly believe in himself.


“I think if he is, and I’m not saying for sure that he is, but the classic sign of a guy like that is he comes out hard and then poops out fast.  That’s what he’s done historically if you look at his career.  He’s real dangerous for the first couple minutes and then he fades away.  That’s pretty much the tell-tale sign of a steroid user.  Who knows, he might come out and do something he’s never done before, like push hard for all three rounds.  I highly doubt it, but if that’s the case I’m more than ready for it.”

Riggs also seemed to suggest that Baroni, who was formally a part of Mark Coleman’s Hammer House team (which may or may not have existed only on Coleman’s porch), but now trains at Xtreme Couture, could be immersed in a steroid culture because of who he trains with.

“A lot of people use that stuff,” said Riggs.  “I’m ignorant about it.  I’ve never been around it, and I think a lot of that depends on who you train with and who you’re around.  I’ve never been a part of that scene, so I don’t know much about it.  I know it’s pretty bad for your body over the long term.  It ages you and makes you poop out in your career earlier than you would otherwise, but I know a lot of top guys use it.”

Check back tomorrow for the full Joe Riggs interview, where he also discusses his difficulties getting Jake Shields to agree to a fight, his history with painkiller addiction, and more.

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Trickworn- January 19, 2012 at 2:01 am
I think this Strikeforce Fight was not been over as it would be going on for the next years of champ.

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Zescape- June 2, 2009 at 8:47 am
Caption for the photo: "Nice junk Phil!"
Phenylalanine- June 2, 2009 at 3:36 am
I called the shit poop!
Fucklord- June 1, 2009 at 8:01 pm
ROFL RIGGS is preparing for a loss. The NYBA is gonna fuck this bitch up
Casa de los pantelones- June 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm
I remember Baroni when he first got started with the toughman contests. One thing is for certain, he will always have a career in comedy if he fails at fighting in the long run. Baroni is pretty funny.
Phenylalanine- June 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm
I thought Baroni was the "poop" Can poop poop?
Dante- June 1, 2009 at 5:35 pm
I wish Baroni would fight someone who would actually, without a doubt break him off. What a tool.
Fuckyerfrat- June 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm
Are we really supposed to care what a choke artist has to say about an "alleged" roid monkey?
LOCKCAPSHAL- June 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm
2 poops in one night is even a record for me.
Under Banga- June 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Joe that is a very big call man.Maybe you are the only truly honest man in the world of mma ............ maybe!
Go Phil.
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm
god riggs is a fuckin whiney bitch. Shut up you c - level trash. And i fuckin HATE Baroni, Diaz and Shields to all the losers he spouts on.
Akilleez- June 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm
If anyone is on the juice its Bobby Lashley.
Dubbayoo- June 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm
it would be ungentlemanly to say he "shits" out.
Swedish- June 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm
"pharmaceutically enhance" and with only half a brain
Curtis_E_Bare- June 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Two "poop"s in one interview. Very nice.