After much discussion and reflection, Joe "Diesel" Riggs wanted me to let everyone know that he will 100%stay at 185 pounds for the immediate and near future, and NOT drop to 170.
Riggs injured his back nearly a month ago after a few weeks of training in Utah with Jeremy Horn, Travis Wiuff, Tim Sylvia and Rich Franklin, among others, and was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 54 fight with Matt Lindland.
His rehab is ahead of schedule, and he is set to resume training in two weeks. Riggs is tentatively scheduled to fight John Cronk in Colorado on Sept. 24th at 180 pounds, and then it is 185 from here on out. Riggs is expected to fight in the UFC again within the next four months.
Riggs wants to fight any of the big three at 185 from Team Quest (Lindland, Leben, Quarry), and is ready to fight ANY top fighter in the world in the UFC to show everyone what he is really all about.
From what I've seen personally, Riggs has been maturing a great deal recently, as a person and a fighter, and the sky is the limit for someone who, still just 22, is one of the best young fighters in the world. He knows 185 is stacked (Franklin, Tanner, Terrell, Marquardt, Lindland, Loiseau, etc.), but everybody who has ever worked out, fought or has watched Riggs fight knows what he is all about.
Riggs knows he made some mistakes against Salaverry, during and after the fight, and he is disappointed about his injury, but he wanted me to tell everyone he feels great and to say to those on the UG who doubt, look out.
Riggs also wanted to thank all his fans and sponsors for the support, he will be back soon.
Central California-Kenworth Trucks
Platinum Group Security