When Shonie Carter was taken off this weekend’s Strikeforce card with an injury, I was surprised that Strikeforce decided to roll the dice on Joe Riggs, who’s back is so fucked up he ended up being carried out of the cage on a stretcher the last time he ‘fought’. Well, now Riggs has been taken off the card because his back is still fucked enough that he couldn’t resist popping pain pills three days before the fight:
According to Riggs’ agent, Ken Pavia, Riggs was not cleared to fight because he took a prescribed percocet three days ago and while there was a chance it would not show up in a drug test his camp felt it was only right to tell the CSAC. According to Pavia, Riggs’ camp was faced with a similar situation prior to his December 2006 fight against Diego Sanchez in San Diego where they informed the CSAC that he took a prescribed drug and nothing came of it. Same commission, different outcome this time around.
Silly Pavia … athletic commissions are like bears. Sometimes they’re all about riding tricycles and stealing pic-a-nic baskets, and sometimes they’re like “bitch i’m gonna eat you.” On the other hand, this ‘different outcome’ probably has to do with all those well documented issues Riggs has had with his back since 2006 … the ‘stingers’, numbness, addiction to pain meds, and the aforementioned floppy fish dance during his last fight.
But wait, this story gets better! Who’s there to step in for Riggs? None other than Drew Fickett! WAR COCK SANDWICH!
**UPDATE** MFC owner Mark Pavelich is trying to put the kaibosh on Drew fighting:
For weeks now, Fickett has been slated to face Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford at MFC 17: Hostile Takeover on July 25, 2008 at the River Cree Casino and Resort in Edmonton, Alberta. With the bout being only a month away, it would make no sense for Mark Pavelich and his staff to allow Fickett to fight and risk injury.
Someone brought up the news on ‘The Underground’ and MFC president Mark Pavelich responded by saying “Not anymore”. While it’s very vague, it appears that Pavelich was referring to the bout between Fickett and Stewart being off.
It’s worth noting that Mark Pavelich has tried to twist arms before, with little success.
**UPDATE NUMERO TWO** And he’s off. Balls.