Riggs vs. Stewart Added to Strikeforce in November

Written by Tom Ngo
October 10th, 2008

Former UFC fighter Joe Riggs will be taking on Luke Stewart on Strikeforce’s November 21st card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. This will be a weterweight showdown, and yet another weight class for Riggs. The MMA veteran has fought in just about every weight division imaginable, even going to heavyweight at one point in his career. However, Riggs feels that his body will be capable of making this cut.

“I’m going back to 170 because, for one, my body weight is just adjusted,” Riggs told MMAJunkie.com. “When I used to cut to 170 — back when I fought Diego (Sanchez) and those guys — it was a really, really tough cut. My body has adapted. Now it’s easier.”

Riggs is coming off of a disappointing, yet controversial, loss to Kazuo Misaki just last month at “Strikeforce At the Mansion II.”  Riggs complained that the fight was prematurely stopped in the 2ndRound when Misaki has Riggs fully mounted after he dropped Riggs with a right.

Riggs was covering up the entire time, and it appeared that none of Misaki’s punches were connecting, however referee Josh Rosenthal decided to step in and stop the fight.

Stewart holds a 6-1 professional record, with all of his bouts coming inside Strikeforce’s cage.  His most notable will is over former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Jason Von Flue a little over a year ago.

This is the second bout in the last two days that Strikeforce added to this November event. Just yesterday Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s camp confirmed that he will be taking on light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth for this title.

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