Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis will go toe to toe tonight in Long Beach at Bellator 106 to determine who the ‘Fight Master’ season winner is. Riggs has been fighting since 2001 and has amassed a record of 39-14 (1) and if you ask Riggs point blank he will tell you that he is at the end of his career. Riggs doesn’t want to be one of those guys who sticks around the game too long and he has a plan.
Riggs told MMAMania:
“I’m at the end of my career. Not because I can’t compete, but there are other things I want to do in life. I want to make one more run at the title and then hang them up. It could take one year, it could take five.”
“I think it’s obvious when a fighter has had too much, he doesn’t have the chin he used to, there are a lot of signs. For instance, Phil Baroni should have retired several years ago, but that goes for a lot of fighters, they attach their whole identity to fighting, it’s hard for them to let go. I think fighters need to have someone in their camp to step up and tell them ‘it’s time to let go.’
“Even the commission has a responsibility. Look at Chuck Liddell, at one time he was invincible and then at the end it was gone. There is a shelf life on MMA careers.”