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Diaz and Riggs Battle for Strikeforce Welterweight Crown

Written by Tom Ngo
July 7th, 2009
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Strikeforce has just announced that their “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” card will now have an astonishing four titles on the line as Nick Diaz’ scrap against Joe Riggs on August 15th will decide who becomes the organization’s first-ever welterweight king.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the news today with MMAjunkie.com.

Riggs took a unanimous decision over Diaz at UFC 57 many moons ago. Since that L, Diaz has gone on to win nine of his last 11 contests, not including his “win” over Takanori Gomi, who was the world’s best lightweight at the time.

Diaz subbed Gomi with a nasty gogoplata, propelling Gomi into his current downward spiral. Days after the upset, Diaz tested positive for being a “Pothead Focker” and the bout was overturned to a No Contest.

Riggs, on the other hand, has gone a mundane 6-4 since his original battle with the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter back in February of 2006. He is riding a two-fight winning streak, with his most recent coming by way of unanimous decision over the controversial Phil Baroni at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” earlier this month.

“Carano vs. Cyborg” will be jumping off inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Here is the list of fighters rumored to be competing in the Showtime broadcast:

Erin Toughill vs. TBD
Roger Gracie vs. TBD
Nick Diaz vs. Joe Riggs (Open Strikeforce Welterweight Title)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion)
Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson (Strikeforce Lightweight Champion)
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Gina Carano (Open Strikeforce Women’s Title)

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