UFC veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs bounced back from a recent unanimous decision loss to Jay Hieron by submitting (via strikes) tough up-and-comer Louis Taylor last night at Strikeforce Challengers 10.
The catchweight fight (182 lbs.) started slow with both men engaging in a prolonged feeling-out process. During the second frame of the fight, Taylor seemed to be stealing the momentum by landing some decent ground and pound off of a successful takedown attempt but his success was to be short-lived. Early in the third round, Riggs landed a solid left hand that had Taylor staggering. Shortly thereafter, Riggs established the crucifix position and pounded away on Taylor until he tapped out. With the win, Riggs improves to 33-11.
After the fight, Riggs told Strikeforce Films that he is looking for a rematch against old rival and current Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz.
“Thank God I got the knockout,” said Riggs. “It all came together tonight. My corner behind me believed in me and pushed me through. It was great…. Who do I want to fight next? I’d like to fight Nick Diaz again. It’s kind of sad that I’ve already beat him and I want to fight him again, but that’s a fun fight. My manager, Don, thinks it would be a lucrative fight for me — so let’s get that going. He thinks he beat me the first time and he f***ing didn’t!”
After rebounding off of a fairly convincing loss by defeating a relative newcomer at a catchweight of 182 lbs., it is hard to argue for Riggs to be anywhere near a title shot currently. Riggs does own a unanimous decision victory over Diaz that dates back to 2006 (although the unofficial rematch that went down in a hospital later that evening apparently went to Diaz) but “Diesel” needs to rack up a few more wins before he can legitimately lay claim to a title shot.