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Sapp Loses at Strikeforce? SHOCKING!!!

(Combined weight: 689 pounds. Combined talent: 25 milligrams. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

I’d like to congratulate everyone who put money on +450 underdog Jan Nortje in his Strikeforce headlining match against Bob Sapp last night — you are officially smarter than a 5th grader. Video of the fight will be posted early this week in case you missed it (and honestly, how many of you subscribe to HDNet?) but wow, what a performance. The Beast rushed out after the bell and immediately got caught with a punch, then clinched and pushed Nortje into the fence. After some fat-man hugging, the two super-heavyweights separated and Sapp stuck Nortje with some stiff jabs. But as soon as Notje got the chance to throw some leather, Bob winced, ran in the other direction, and fell to the mat, where Nortje pounded him until the ref stopped it at 55 seconds into the first. Classic Sapp. Now are you ready to retire, dickhead?

But it wasn’t all slapstick comedy at the Tacoma Dome. Joe Riggs had to be carried out on a stretcher after his submission-via-agony loss to Cory Devela. Riggs and Devela clinched early in round 1, and Devela broke the stalemate with a hip throw that slammed Riggs hard onto his back. Not only was the pain immediately apparent on Riggs’s face, but he barely had the strength to tap out; the ref called it at 1:22 of the first round. Unable to get to his feet, paramedics had to remove the former UFC fighter from the cage. Making the scene even more brutal, Riggs’s entire body seemed to spasm involuntarily while he was laid out. For a guy who was previously addicted to painkillers, Riggs will have a tough road ahead of him, even if the prognosis is just a few slipped discs. We’ll update you when you know more.

In the evening’s other notable match, 46-year-old former UFC heavyweight champ Maurice Smith spolied the MMA debut of 41-year-old kickboxer Rick “The Jet” Roufus. Roufus was totally lost once Smith shot in for a takedown, and Mo’ was able to get full mount and tap Roufus with an armlock at 1:53 of round one. It was the second fight in Smith’s current farewell-tour; he stepped away from the game in 2000, but returned to action with a TKO victory over Marco Ruas at an IFL event last May.

The night’s other matches weren’t nearly as exciting, unless you dig slow three-rounders fought by guys you’ve never heard of. But here’s how they turned out:

Eddy Ellis def. Steve Berger via unanimous decision
Jorge Masvidal def. Ryan Healy via unanimous decision
Mychal Clark def. Josh Bennett via TKO (doctor’s stoppage), end of round 2
Lyle Beerbohm def. Ray Perales via submission (guillotine choke), 1:19 into round 3
Mike Hayes def. Matt Kovacs via unanimous decision
Zach Skinner def. Scott Shaffer via unanimous decision
Nathan Coy def. Dave Courchaine via KO (punch), 1:46 into round 1

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fighterfriend- February 24, 2008 at 11:40 pm
I am friends with Joe Riggs brother and know for a fact it was a serious injury. The fight was reviewed and the results have been thrown out. There will be a rematch between the two. Don't insult the family, it shows a lack of intelligence.
Bundy- February 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm
I'm sorry ripper. Did my comment about your boyfriend's article ruin your night? Did he keep you up all night crying on your shoulder? My bad man!
ripper- February 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm
RE: Bundy- Whoa dude, are you Joe Riggs's mom? Why don't you go take a cold shower and a couple of those nice pills before you decide to post stuff online?
ripper- February 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm
found it, the riggs/devela fight is here:
CC- February 24, 2008 at 9:58 am
Video is online under
Bundy- February 24, 2008 at 9:04 am
Just a few slipped discs!!!!! Whoev, er wrote this is an idiot!!!! These guys are world class athletes. If Riggs was unable to get up then he must have been seriously hurt! Even if he does not have permanent damage; whatever it was was serious enough to keep him from getting up. Maybe you should have more respect for the man! I'll bet whoever wrote that is not a fighter, or an athlete. In fact he is probably an overweight fag who never competed in sports in his life. If he had he would not be so sarcastic when someone is hurt that bad! Pride alone would be enough for Riggs to get up! Sarcism is one thing, but when someone gets injured give them the respect they deserve!
emil- February 24, 2008 at 4:03 am
I just finished watching the damn thing now. It took me about 10 minutes to get through nearly 3½ hours thanks to fast-forwarding...
Nice throw by Cory Devela, and even if Riggs wanted to go out by himself, it didn't seem like he was able to. Painful shit.
And Sapp, that was seriously without a doubt the most pathetic thing I've ever seen... And I thought that the guy tapping out fast against Kimbo was a wuss, but at least he wasn't RUNNING AWAY like a little bitch. Sapp that was pathetic to watch.
Ron Eggleton- February 24, 2008 at 3:39 am
So, I was at these fights, and agree that there were some sleepers, and Sapp... What a joke! How much did that guy get paid?

It was no fluke that Devela tore up Riggs. Joe sounded awfully over-confident in the pre-fight. Devela is young, strong, hungry and wins stand-up fights when his real background is wrestling. After all, he was national participant all through college, he had over a dozen amateur fights- in the NW where there are tons of good fighters- and he already owns one title as a pro.

I really hope that Riggs is OK, but he'd better be careful about clinching with guys who train with submission specialists like Dennis Hallman and pros like Brad Blackburn.

If anyone has video- let me know!
Jenna Jameson's gaping pussy- February 24, 2008 at 3:02 am
I can hear echo's in my huge vaginal opening!

Bob sapp is a sap. Kimbo sucks. GSP is going to terminate Serra. Hendo is going to give Silva an ass whoopin'.
Kim Couture is a cunt- February 24, 2008 at 2:01 am
Bob Sapp needs to go away
tim sylvia's pussy- February 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm
Sapp has the chin of a 9 year old girl
Asian- February 23, 2008 at 9:57 pm
Maybe Sapp should start selling grills..
craig- February 23, 2008 at 9:46 pm
i actually get HD net for some reason, its a great channel. But last nights fights SUCKED. all i wanted was for the damn thing to be over. the fire in the cage or whatever it was called that was on after was way better.
fightfan- February 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm
And on Sapp reitring, again.....

As long as people put on these feakshows and pay them $125,000 to show(Tank), they will keep on finding "freaks" to put in a a cage. Pretty soon will be seeing ALL the early day UFC fighters coming back for a payday. It is getting ridiculis. Soon, there will be 50 year old "senior" mma matches.
fightfan- February 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm
I guess Sapp never learned that the bull rushing the china shop, a la James Thompson, is'nt he best approach at a mma fight
lolwut- February 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm
Joe riggs wanted to walk out by himself but the paramedics wouldnt let him btw.
rybot- February 23, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Is Jorge Masvidal the dude who beat kimo's "protoge" (and was outweighed by a good 30 lbs) in an internet fight vid?
ripper- February 23, 2008 at 4:15 pm
i'd love to see the video of joe riggs getting laid out in agony.
anyone got a source for that one? thnx