July 24, 2009

Riggs Withdraws from Title Fight

GracieFighter.com is reporting that the Joe Riggs vs. Nick Diaz title fight, scheduled for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15th has been canceled, cutting the number of title fights on that card in half.
The bout between Diaz and Riggs was to crown the organization’s first ever welterweight champion. The two had met before at UFC 57, where Riggs scored a unanimous decision victory over Diaz. Since that loss, Diaz has gone on to win 9 of his last 11 contests while Riggs has gone 6-4.

According to the report on GracieFighter.com, Riggs pulled out of the fight "after suffering a bad reaction to an as of yet undisclosed drug". The report noted that Riggs will be staying in the hospital for the next several weeks, and it's unknown if the problem is physical or mental.

Riggs last fight was on June 6, 2009, where he defeated Phil Baroni at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields via unanimous decision.

No replacement has been named for Diaz, although it is expected that Strikeforce will be announcing a new opponent for Diaz in the next couple of days


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