Joe Riggs To Undergo Surgury Following Strikeforce Fight

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Joe “Diesel” Riggs is to undergo back surgery to relieve pressure on his sciatic nerve, following his first round injury loss to Cory Devela at Saturday nights Strikeforce “At The Dome” show, according to statements made to MMAweekly.

Riggs has been plagued with back injuries throughout his career.

Joe Riggs on his injury:

“I felt fire shoot down my right leg….I was like, I’m done. I’m done; I can’t do anything…I thought I was paralyzed.”

“I’m pulling my hair out over this thing, it’s embarrassing….I’m not trying to disrespect the guy, but he had no business beating a guy like me.”

Joe Riggs had a clause in his contract that will grant him an immediate rematch with Cory Devela, here is what Riggs had to say about their rematch:

“I vow my career on it; it will be a total, complete ass whooping”


  1. roy

    February 26, 2008 at 3:57 am

    you could tell he was hurt more than just the slam alone, i hope he can even fight again one day.

  2. tom

    February 26, 2008 at 4:51 am

    hell yeah and i hope he comes back stronger not weaker

  3. Nicks

    February 26, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Yeah the Riggs seems like a great guy and fighter I hope he gets back to 100%.

  4. kom34

    February 26, 2008 at 9:05 am

    it was a tough break but riggs has to give it up to the guy for controlling both arms and getting a pretty damn good hip toss. i hope riggs proves what he says, rehabs well, then rematches devela.

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