Joe Riggs “Robbie is going to expose [Shields]“

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Ex UFC fighter Joe Riggs had some heated words to say about former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields. Shields apparently told Strikeforce that he wanted to fight a bigger name fighter resulting in the proposed Shields vs. Riggs fight to be cut in favor of a catch-weight fight between Jake Shields and Former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.

“(Expletive) him … 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.”

“In the UFC, I fought nothing but the best. And that guy just says that because I am a bad matchup for him. I am just as good a wrestler as he is; I don’t think he would be able to take me down. And on the feet, he is a girl. His girlfriend or wife probably slaps him around standing up. He is a (expletive) joke. That guy thinks he is way, way better than he is. Everybody wants to fight him because the first person to expose him is going to look like the man.

“I think Jake is good, but he thinks he can compete with Georges St-Pierre. Georges would take his head off. Robbie is going to expose him very badly. I have been around for a long time, and I have fought the best and beaten some of the best. So, for him to talk (expletive) about me like that? (Expletive) him. That’s (expletive) up.”

Jake Shields will take on Robbie Lawler on Strikeforces June 6th’s Showtime fightcard. Riggs is also rumored be taking on Phil Baroni on the June Strikeforce card.

Strikeforce News: Jake Shields vs. Joe Riggs Set For April 11

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According to ATO, EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) will take on Joe “Diesel” Riggs (29-10) at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event, on April 11 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. The report has since been confirmed by multiple sources.

Jake Shields brings his EliteXC welterweight belt along with an 11 fight winning streak to face former UFC fighter fighter Joe Riggs. Shields a well versed ground specialist, is considered one of the top 170lb. fighters in world. His run in EliteXC gained him some mainstream exposure when he submitted UK sensation Paul Daley last year at EliteXC “Heat” on CBS.

Following his surgery to repair a disc in his back, Joe Riggs defeated Luke Stewart via second round TKO stoppage at Strikeforce “Destruction”.

Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” will be broadcast on April 11 live on Showtime.

Strikeforce Destruction Weigh-In Results

The action sets off Friday beginning at approximately 9 pm EST on HDNet.

Strikeforce Destruction weigh-in results

Terry Martin (186) vs. Scott Smith (185.5)
Bobby Southworth (204) vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (204)
Yves Edwards (164) vs. Duane Ludwig (163)
Kim Couture (132) vs. Lina Kvokov (133)*
Luke Stewart (170.5) vs. Joe Riggs (170.5)
Nik Theotikos (185) vs. Luke Rockhold (185.5)
Lemont Davis (173) vs. Brian Schwartz (175)
Josh Neal (184) vs. Kurt Osiander (185)
Cyrillo Padilha (156) vs. Bobby Stack (155)
Tony Johnson (184) vs. Eric Lawson (185)
Darren Uyenoyama (136) vs. Brad Royster (134)
Alvin Cacdac (143) vs. Jose Palacios (145)
Zakary Bucia (169) vs. Adam Steele (168.5)

* Kim Couture vs. Lina Kvokov will be fought at a catch weight of 133lbs after Kvokov’s camp informed officials prior to the weigh-ins, that she will not be able to make the 130lb. agreed upon weight.