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Joe Riggs Reportedly Pulls Out of ‘Carano vs. Cyborg’ Card Due to Bad Drug Reaction


("Side effects may include headache, dry mouth, constipation, and Huttism.")

Strikeforce’s monumental "Carano vs. Cyborg" card may have lost another title fight. Earlier this week, the scheduled heavyweight championship bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum went up in smoke due to Overeem’s infected hand. Now, it appears that the rematch between Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs — which would have decided Strikeforce’s first welterweight champion — could be off as well. According to GracieFighter (via FiveOuncesofPain):

Joe Riggs has pulled out of his fight with Nick Diaz after suffering a bad reaction to an as of yet undisclosed drug. According to sources close to the fighter, Riggs will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks and therefore unable to fight Diaz. At this time it is unclear if Riggs’ problem is physical or mental. Nick Diaz however, will still be fighting on the card and it is expected that Strikeforce will be announcing Diaz’s new opponent in the next couple of days.

GracieFighter, of course, is operated by Nick Diaz’s trainer Cesar Gracie, which should explain that subtle "physical or mental" dig. (It also has us wondering if this is really a troll-job, just to screw with Riggs’s head before the fight. You can never be sure these days.) There has been no confirmation from Riggs himself yet. We’ll keep you posted…

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KarmaAteMyCat- July 25, 2009 at 10:44 am
That would be a good FIGHT CHRis534.. However this fight isn't over there will still be a fight strikeforce is fine.. it isnt Assfliction soo.. and @cock lesnar You may not like him but he's gonna crush carwin so eat up cock smoker.
Chri534.- July 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm
Diaz vs. Belfort....hey, why not?
C.B.- July 24, 2009 at 11:12 am
This is the same arguement you get in the NBA. I personally don't see why a fighter has to act like a professional. Salesmen have to act professional to gain trust to get orders/sales...whatever, it equals money. Fighters just have to be great fighters and a good draw to make their loot. If acting like a great guy and an ambassador of the sport (The Natural) or a gigantical cock - rhinocerous looking fag hole ( you know..) puts asses in seats and racks up pay-per-view numbers, then that's how a particular fighter needs to act. It's a natural system of checks and balances, it goes like this:

Stupid decision -> Can't fight -> Can't get paid.

The only people "acting professional" are the crooks that control the sport and rake in mad loot off the sweat of the fighters. That's called working smart, not hard. And acting professionally has been their camoflage for years.
NastyNudoh- July 24, 2009 at 10:46 am
who made JPfighter the moderator?
JPfighter- July 24, 2009 at 10:28 am
@ Ceeph

Call it what you want, it's still a street fight. And are you really naive enough to believe that people get "jumped" by security guards for no reason? The bottom line is, he was in a bar, and got into a fight.

If guys like Overeem want to be respected as professional athletes, then they need to be far more repsonsible and stop this kind of shit. If you are a professional MMA fighter, you have to be a fucking moron if you are getting involved in street fights. They should pull Overeem's belt from him, and move on. If Overeem gets his shit together, then he can fight to get the title back. If Strikeforce did this, then maybe guys like Overeem would start to take their sport seriously.

Thankfully the sport has true athletes, and true ambassadors, that take professional MMA seriously. Guys like St. Pierre, Machida, Couture, A. Silva, W. Silva, Griffin, etc. Even fighters that are a-holes, like Lesnar, at least respect the sport enough to take is seriously.

Jay Smith- July 24, 2009 at 9:09 am
Three things,....
1. @ CJ vs CP - Dude.......learn to write, spell, speak, something that won't take away from your already unfunny post.
2. @ Fiction - Not the kind of coat tails you want to ride bro.
And 3. @ Ceeph - That's a street fight.
LBo- July 24, 2009 at 8:56 am
Nick Diaz vs Fedor, make it happen.
Ceeph- July 24, 2009 at 8:51 am
@ JP it wasn't a street fight, Overeem was helping out his brother who got jumped by security guards.
glenwo2- July 24, 2009 at 8:50 am
common sense Says:
Fri, 07/24/2009 - 06:33
hahahaha subtle user name

>>>> Stupid-as-h e l l-and-unoriginal user name
ReDx- July 24, 2009 at 8:46 am
Fuck, August was shaping up to be a phenomenal MMA month, now 3 big fights are down the drain
Swedish- July 24, 2009 at 8:16 am
Another B-level promotion that can't keep their fight cards together. Keep pouring money down the drain folks

CP - Isn't riggs a top 10 guy in your books?
kangerpang- July 24, 2009 at 7:39 am
Diaz Vs. Barnett for underground drug supremacy
Fiction- July 24, 2009 at 7:30 am
Cyborg just tested positive for cock according to the CSAC, card in jeopardy... story developing
Fight Fan- July 24, 2009 at 7:17 am
Glad to see these geniuses are at least being detected. Who would have thought that the sport of MMA would attract some less than upstanding citizens. There are many professional athletes, practitioners of martial arts in MMA who respect and honor the sport, but there are just as many dicks who just like to fight and have some athletic ability and a marginal understanding of some aspect of some martial art.

CJvsCP- July 24, 2009 at 6:56 am
Break News Cyborg has now pulled out of the fight with Carano as well! She is will still be recovering in the hospital from her sex change operation. Hey-Yooo! Get it?? She's a man and her balls are as big as her adams apple.
JPfighter- July 24, 2009 at 6:34 am
This sport seems to be infected with unprofessional people, that truly have no business being professional athletes. Case in point, on the same card, Overeem has to bail out due to an infected hand from a street fight, and Riggs bails out for suspicious drug activity. This week we also find out that Barnett is out of his fight for steroid use. Ridiculous.
common sense- July 24, 2009 at 6:33 am
hahahaha subtle user name
cock lesnar- July 24, 2009 at 6:16 am
nick diaz vs fedor. solution to next month's problems.
Fedor vs. Bas- July 24, 2009 at 6:06 am
Joe Riggs & Drugs? I've heard that before and that isn't good.

How come Nick Diaz isn't challenging the CA Athletic commission saying he's smoking everyday again?
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