Riggs got dumped

A month and a half ago, Joe Riggs was fighting in Canada ‘for the right to keep his UFC contract’. He won the fight, but I guess that wasn’t enough: he’s now showing up on the next Strikeforce card at the Playboy mansion. And while it would be nice to imagine that Zuffa has grown fond of Strikeforce and is willing to share fighters with them, I seriously doubt it. My magic 8-ball says all signs point to Riggs being cut from the UFC/WEC.This is pretty significant stuff. A move to the WEC made sense for Riggs … he’s got name value and has shown sparks of greatness. I wonder what caused Zuffa brass to drop him? I suppose pulling out of his WEC debut two days before it happened was the last straw for them. Which once again goes to prove that it’s always safety first as far as Zuffa is concerned, and there’s never any pressure for injured fighters (like uuuh Hermes Franca) to do whatever it takes to fight.

**Update** Oh snap, I wuz wrong! Looks like it was Riggs himself who asked to be released from his WEC contract. So um … I take back the whole ‘Zuffa cutting people who dare to cancel because of injuries’ comment. FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • kentyman

    Maybe Riggs should get orca-fat again and fight Babalu.

    UFC: 2
    Big ‘tats: 0

  • http://MMACritique.blogspot.com Thomas

    There’s no reason for Riggs to have been “demoted”. He must of ran into Dana White at the Zuffa offices potty room and pissed all over Dana’s shoes.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    Looks like Riggs *ASKED* to be released from his WEC contract. Eeeeer. Oooookay. I’ll update on that story tommorow

  • http://www.ufcdaily.com UFCDaily.com

    And perhaps most important of all is that he left for more money. Wonder if Zuffa even cares?

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    does anyone else have a hard time picturing “diesel” at 300 lbs? and does anyone else do a little dance of happiness when they watch sanchez knee him out of the UFC?
    just wondering

  • fightlinkerReader

    I don’t think this is a wise move for a young fighter. Zuffa is the only mma organization making money. Given the precarious financing of all the other organizations, he could easily be out of work. Zuffa might never let him rejoin.

    If he were older and more popular, than maybe he could pull the one fight a year schedule ala Royce Gracie or Frank Shamrock. But he’s not.

  • johnny

    Riggs next fight should be against his tattoo artist

  • Matt

    I doubt Riggs will be out of work anytime soon..EliteXC Im sure wouldn’t mind hiving him..I think they will be a legit promotion in the future.

  • http://MMACritique.blogspot.com Thomas

    Riggs must of wanted to go to the playboy mansion real bad. If Strikeforce still has a relationship with EliteXC then we should see Riggs fighting in some good matches. Rematch with Nick Diaz would be the SHIZNIT.

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    thomas: where would the post-fight scrap be after a rematch? at the local dunkin’ donuts? an orphanage? that hospital brawl story is mah favritz

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