Finalist Joe Riggs Out Due to Injury, Fight Master Final Nixed from Saturday’s Bellator 98

September 3, 2013
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Joe Riggs StrikeforceThe Fight Master: Bellator MMA final between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis slated for Saturday’s Bellator 98 has been postponed.

Bellator officials on Tuesday confirmed an initial report about the postponement by Sports Illustrated.

Riggs recently told SI.com that he suffered an orbital bone fracture and detached retina during training about three weeks ago that forced him into surgery.

He has already been cleared to begin training again. The bout will be rescheduled as soon as Riggs is cleared to fight, hopefully before the conclusion of Season 9, which begins on Saturday and ends on Nov. 22.

“I can be ready (to fight) in October or (on) Nov. 2, if they need me,” Riggs told SI.com.

Bellator’s first pay-per-view offering, Rampage vs. Tito, is slated for Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif., and already features Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz, as well as three title bouts.

The three-hour Bellator 98 main card will now feature the middleweight title fight between champion Alexander Shlemenko and Brett Cooper, a co-main event featuring Joe Warren vs. Nick Kirk, and four middleweight tournament quarterfinal bouts.

Bellator 98 also serves as the kickoff to Season 9. Following the special Saturday night premier, the season will then move to a Friday night time slot for the remainder of the season, save for the Nov. 2 pay-per-view offering.

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  • james j

    Bellator lol

  • Mark McDowall

    Funny all these injuries are happening…Veigh gets hurt and Mo vs Newton gets put in place…Now Riggs gets hurt but can make it back for the PPV…I smell male cow poop!!!!

    • Ron Wheeler

      Why? Fighters get injured. Happens all the time in the UFC / TUF too. Carwin? Cruz? If he wanted to fake an injury he’d pick something less extreme than an orbital bone fracture and detached retina.

      • wow

        The difference is UFC has the overall depth and talent to put on good programs regardless of injuries. Bellator usually only has 2 to 3 quality fights per card before injuries. Guess they do have Rampage vs Tito though…lol

      • htownkumate

        but isn’t it weird that he’s coming back in less than 3 months to fight already with a detached retina or just the fractured orbital bone alone. nsfc would suspend before he would even see the cage. something doesn’t add up, imo

      • Mark McDowall

        The injuries aren’t the weird part. htownkumate hit the nail on the head. Just a bit too convenient he can make it back for the PPV. That give’s him 8 weeks to recover and train for the fight. He should change his nickname from Diesel to Wolverine if thats the case!!!

  • Darin

    Eh, so what? Who cares about real fights as long as we got Tito and Rampage?

  • Ksmma

    I quess he dosent want anyone to see him fight if he wants on the Ppv

  • David Harris

    Joe Riggs? I thought the show was supposed to be about uncovering new talent…..