Raise your hand if you thought Joe Riggs died in July. Ok, now lower your hands if you forget to put on deodorant today. If your hands are lowered, ignore what Run DMC just told you about ‘waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care’. Apparently you ‘didn’t care’ to put on deodorant. You are all out of apathy points for today. Go volunteer or something.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Riggs, then all you really need to know is that the dude has beef with Nick Diaz. Serious beef with Diaz. So serious that it’s actually been elevated to hospital food beef. After their UFC 57 match (Riggs grabbed the unanimous decision), Diaz actively continued to do what Diaz does:
“We were like going to get a room, and like he is always popping off, talking smack. I go down toward his end of the hospital to find a doctor so he could watch me pee in a cup for the boxing commission, and he comes talking smack. I’m like, go back to the WEC. You’re bush league. You just got beat up. That’s two in a row. You’re out. I was just standing around talking sh*t to him. He was like, that’s it, and comes out of his room. I had my hands down. He starts coming up to me. I just never in a million years thought he’d throw a punch. He threw a right hook and hit me right in the chin. I mean it hit me right on the button. I seriously can’t say that I was knocked out, but I kind of went down to a knee. Then we just fought and scrambled. I put him against the wall and just Thai clinched and started kneeing the sh*t out of him. His nose was bleeding. I kept kneeing him, and they broke us up. That’s all that happened.”
Strikeforce saw the blatant rawesomeness in that story and decided to match them up at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. Things were good, everyone was beating their chest in exhilaration and Riggs mysteriously disappeared into some hospital ward due to an ‘allergic reaction to an undisclosed drug’. Just a few weeks prior, Josh Barnett was caught juicing by the CSAC and forced the collapse of an entire organization. While everyone speculated, Nick Diaz intentionally missed his CSAC urine test because of a prior obligation a ROOR glass bong. The MMA world suddenly turned into my sophomore year of college.
MMAWeekly knocked on his hospital door to see how Disel was doing an apparently, all of this occurred from an allergic reaction to an anti-depressant called ‘Effexor’ which apparently has the ability to ‘Eff’ up your central nervous system:
“It started shutting down my central nervous system…I got out of bed, and I couldn’t walk. I thought I was dying. So I went to the hospital and they gave me some medication to reverse it and I felt fine immediately, but they kept me in the hospital for two weeks to keep an eye on me.”
Wow. We’re just happy Riggs is alive and not taking some unsolicited peyote-inspired spirit journey like we initially thought. Hopefully we will still see Joe Riggs/Nick Diaz III (the second one happened in the hospital) that is after Jay Hieron gets his title shot. If there was something as anti-luck, Hieron has it. [Source]