Joe Riggs’ (25-9 MMA, 2-3 UFC) 25-9 mixed martial arts records look impressive but his 2-3 UFC record failed to impress. “Diesel was dealt losses by Matt Hughes, Mike Swick, and Diego Sanchez while posting wins against Nick Diaz and Jason Von Flue.
Riggs’ suffered the death of his son but after taking just a few months off he came back to mixed martial arts. Sam Caplan of CBSSportsline.com recently completed an interview with Riggs’ about his exit from the UFC and transfer to fellow Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting. Here’s part of the interview:
Q: March 24 will mark your WEC debut under Zuffa’s ownership. Is this a move you welcomed or did Zuffa have to convince you?
JR: No man, I wanted it. I want to be in the premier organization in mixed martial arts. I welcomed it and I asked for it and I got it. I kind of threw a temper tantrum to get it, to be honest with you.
Q: What were some of your reasons for wanting to go from the UFC to the WEC?
JR: This organization is going to grow a lot. I see a lot of growth with it, and I see all the great fighters coming in, and I’m in this game to fight the best in the world and see what I got. And that’s pretty much why I’m in the WEC.
Q: So you’re looking at the WEC as a long-term home for you?
JR: I plan to be the world champ and stay the world champ and in becoming the WEC 185-pound champion being the best 185-pound champion in the world.
Riggs will make his WEC debut March 24th against Hiromitsu Miura and assuming Diesel comes out on top it is expected he will be competing for the Middleweight WEC title in June.