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UPDATE: Strikeforce opts to not re-sign Joe Riggs

Strikeforce has chosen not to renew Joe Riggs’ contract after his deal recently expired despite “Diesel” having actually won a pair of consecutive bouts including a victory at Strikeforce Challengers 10 in August and a first round TKO at a King of the Cage event a few weeks ago.

Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the professional separation with a reliable party close to the situation as well as Strikeforce officials. It is also believed Riggs is currently looking for an match-up in the immediate future.

Riggs, who is 34-11 overall with an incredible thirty-one wins coming by way of TKO/submission, is 6-1 in his last seven bouts with the only loss being a unanimous decision to Bellator welterweight Jay Hieron in January at “Strikeforce – Miami”. Among the group he’s found success against are notable names like Baroni, Kendall Grove, and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz (which ultimately lead to their infamous hospital brawl in the aftermath of their match-up).

  • MCM says:

    Not to drag this up again, but Strikeforce cuts Riggs and Hieron, then wants Daley to fight LW Noons. This is why people want to see the Miller/Diaz fight, cause Strikeforce cuts everyone else that could give Diaz a decent fight at WW.
    I was just thinking last night that Diaz should fight Riggs in Jan. to avenge his loss, and now they go and cut the guy. Dana may make one or two cuts that we all scratch our heads over (Harris, Duffee), but Coker seems to cut off every potential marquee fighter he has at every opportunity.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Joe Riggs has so many injury issues that this is really for the best. If he got into the cage with Diaz now it would be a joke, and probably wouldnt last 1 round.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Strikeforce has released Joe Riggs despite “Diesel” having sea foam green tattoos.

  • Guthookd says:

    That’s what you get for talking shit about women’s MMA Joe.

    See you at Tachi Palace.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Riggs has been snake bit his entire career, and this is just the latest. Good luck, buddy.


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