When Joe Riggs and Shonie Carter meet in the center of the cage tomorrow night at Fight Night Medicine Hat 4, the experience that comes together will be more than 150 professional fights.
Riggs (45-17-0, 1 NC) was supposed to fight Mike Hill, September 9 in Alberta, Canada. A last minute withdrawal brings in the even more experience “Mr. International” who has a pro record of (51-31-7, 1 NC).
Riggs went on social media today to say:
“It’s the most annoying thing when you have a opponent that I have preparing for for months and out of nowhere the week of the fight they come up injured. We all fight with injuries. And God knows I’ve been injured many times. But when a guy named Michael Hill who I never heard of begs to get a fight with me and screws a whole card up by pulling out last minute is bullshit. Thanks to Tom and Keith and Z promotions for doing everything they could to get me a fight. So all the work I put in hasn’t been for nothing. I train to hard for this to not complete. If that guy really did hurt himself I hope he has a fast recovery. Hope everyone watches September 9th.”
Carter’s first pro fight was in 1997. He first appeared in the UFC in 2000 at UFC 24 earning a unanimous decision win over Brad Gumm. His spinning backfist win over Matt Serra at UFC 31 is what put him on the map and eventually led to him being back for season 4 of the Ultimate Fighter where Serra would earn him revenge with a unanimous decision win over Mr. International.
Riggs first fought professionally in 2001. One of his most memorable moments is when he defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision and the two would later have round four in the hospital.
Carter flew into Canada last minute to take the fight. Joe Riggs vs Shonie Carter goes down tomorrow night on Fight Network. The event is put forth by Z Promotions.