Joe Riggs recently conducted an exclusive interview with MMAMania ahead of his fight Saturday night with Mike Bronzoulis in the Fight Master finals. The fight was delayed nearly two months after Riggs suffered an orbital fracture after a kick got through his gloves and headgear.
Riggs, who has been fighting since 2001, says he is near the end.
"I'm at the end of my career," said 'Diesel'. "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."