If you haven’t seen the video to the right, or feel like watching it, it’s basically Jake Shields telling Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt how Joe Riggs wasn’t a big enough of an opponent for him. So, instead of fighting him as originally scheduled, Shields asked for a bigger fight and got Robbie Lawler.
For the most part, everyone welcomed the switch. Well, everyone except Joe Riggs. He’s not only just offended by Jake’s comments, he’s pissed.
“(Expletive) him,” a fired up Riggs said. “I will (expletive) him up. I beat his teammate Nick Diaz’s ass, and I will beat his ass too. I mean, that is a very disrespectful thing to say. I have beaten a lot of tough guys in the world. I have had my fair share of losses, as well; I have had my ups and downs. But look who I have fought; I have fought nothing but top guys.
“(Expletive) Jake Shields’ (expletive) (expletive),” Riggs said. “I have done enough in this sport to be (expletive) treated with a certain amount of respect, and to talk about me like I am a (expletive) Pat Smith or Tank Abbott…For one, I am like six years younger than that punk (expletive) (expletive). So, (expletive) him. People forget that I am (expletive) 25. (Expletive) that guy. I would really, really fight Jake Shields for free just to shut his mouth up.”
The funny part about this is Riggs basically feels the same way about his new opponent, Phil Baroni, as Jake feels about him.
“It’s a totally different fight,” Riggs said. “Phil’s 13-10, but not to say I don’t want to fight Phil because he is a great fighter. Phil is always dangerous, so it’s kind of a high risk, not too much of a reward fight. Right now, I am ranked out of the top 10. If I beat Jake Shields it would put me back in the top five or something like that. Nobody thinks Phil is any good anymore, but I know Phil is still good. It sucks going from that to this especially after training for two months for nothing.”
Some people just don’t get it I suppose. Joe Riggs is one of those people.