With their slug-fest just days away, MMA vet Joe Riggs believes that his Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” opponent, Phil Baroni, has very little confidence in his own abilities and that is why he turns to steroids.
“He always shows up in shape, looking shredded and puffed up, but I think he’ll be pharmaceutically enhanced, too,” Riggs told CagePotato.com. “Just because he doesn’t test positive for steroids doesn’t mean he’s not on them right now.”
Baroni was recently suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for two types of steroids, Boldenone and Stanozolol Metabolites, following his loss to Frank Shamrock at Strikeforce/EliteXC’s “Judgment Day” back in June of 2007.
Despite the embarrassment and year-long suspension, Riggs isn’t quite sure that “The New York Bad Ass” is completely clean today.
“…I don’t want to say that he’s on them for sure, because I don’t have any way of knowing that, but I do know that he’s done it in the past,” Riggs said. “I think he’s the kind of guy who relies on stuff like that because he doesn’t truly believe in himself.
“I think if he is, and I’m not saying for sure that he is, but the classic sign of a guy like that is he comes out hard and then poops out fast. That’s what he’s done historically if you look at his career. He’s real dangerous for the first couple minutes and then he fades away. That’s pretty much the tell-tale sign of a steroid user. Who knows, he might come out and do something he’s never done before, like push hard for all three rounds. I highly doubt it, but if that’s the case I’m more than ready for it.”
If the numbers never lie, then Riggs certainly has a point. Excluding his most recent W over Olaf Alfonso, Baroni is 0-5 when a fight goes into the 3rdRound.
Coincidence? Riggs thinks not. However, he is no expert on the matter.
“I’ve never been a part of that scene, so I don’t know much about it,” Riggs said of steroids. “I know it’s pretty bad for your body over the long term. It ages you and makes you poop out in your career earlier than you would otherwise, but I know a lot of top guys use it.”
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