And then there were two. Strikeforce has confirmed that the welterweight title bout between Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs has been pulled from their upcoming “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event. That’s the second 5Round affair that has been yanked from the August 15th card this week.
GracieFighter.com, the website run by Diaz’ trainer, Cesar Gracie, first reported the news by posting the following message late last Thursday evening:
“Joe Riggs has pulled out of his fight with Nick Diaz after suffering a bad reaction to an as of yet undisclosed drug. According to sources close to the fighter, Riggs will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks and therefore unable to fight Diaz. At this time it is unclear if Riggs’ problem is physical or mental.”
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz just confirmed Riggs’ dismissal from the card to MMAJunkie.com today.
“I heard something like that, but we’re still looking into it,” Afromowitz said of Riggs’ rumored excuse for skipping out on the show.
Afromowitz stated they are currently scouring the planet to find a suitable replacement to take on Diaz, however wouldn’t divulge any names or confirm that the bout would still be for the open Strikeforce welterweight crown.
“It’s still all speculation right now,” Afromowitz said. “We just don’t know yet.”
Before this week began, the Showtime broadcast was slated to host an unheard of four title fights, highlighted by the first-ever women’s title scrap between Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that the heavyweight tango between champion Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum was scratched because Overeem’s injured hand refuses to heal properly.
Although this is another devastating hit for this card, it could be a lot worse. They could be Affliction Entertainment, who was left hanging high and dry just 11 days before “Trilogy,” all because heavyweight Josh Barnett couldn’t put down the juice.
“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” takes place inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.