Joe Riggs

The Daily Recap: Grove, Riggs May Rematch in ProElite, Bustamante Hurt & More

Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs are likely to rematch under the ProElite banner at the promotion's relaunch event on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both fighters are coming off of recent releases from the UFC and Bellator respectively. Grove and Riggs originally fought in May 2004, with Riggs coming away the victor via first-round KO at Rumble on the Rock 5. []

— Former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming farewell bout against Yuya Shirai at a Clube da Luta event in Brazil this Wednesday due to a back injury suffered in training. Bustamante will be replaced by Delson Heleno, who will take on Shirai at a 180 lbs catchweight. [Tatame]

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Weekend Results: Escudero & Escovedo Win, Illegal Knee Dooms Irvin

Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Nick Diaz's hard-fought title defense and Abe Wagner's 32-second destruction of Tim Sylvia may have made the headlines this past weekend, but there was plenty more quality MMA going on around the country.

"Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero won for the second time since his release from the UFC, submitting Jeremy Larsen with an armbar in the second round of Rage in the Cage 148's main event.

Also victorious was former WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo, who snapped a two-fight losing streak via technical submission after choking opponent Steven Siler unconscious with a triangle choke at a Showdown Fights event in California.

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Hieron to Face Diaz for Strikeforce Belt

Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former International Fight League welterweight champion Jay Hieron has signed to face Nick Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt at the organization’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” event on August 15 in San Jose, California.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm the bout with Hieron’s agent, Ken Pavia, earlier this evening. MMA Weekly was the first to report the news. Hieron replaces Joe Riggs, who was forced to withdraw from the fight after an undisclosed hospital stay.

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Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields Live Results

Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler - Submission (Guillotine choke) Round 1 2:02
Brett Rogers def. Andrei Arlovski - KO Round 1 0:22
Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith - Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 3 1:41
Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman - Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Untelevised: (results via Sherdog)
Jesse Finney def. Josh Baumgartner - Submission (Kimura) Round 1 1:55
Mike Kyle def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante - TKO Round 2 4:05
Booker DeRousse def. James Wade - TKO Round 1 4:06
Tyron Woodley def. Sal Woods - Submission (Anaconda choke) Round 1 4:20
Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia - DQ (Knee to the head of downed opponent) Round 1 3:26
Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran - Submission (Armbar) Round 1 2:18

Evening News and Notes: “Wargods” Fighter Salaries, Shields-Riggs Not Official & More

David “Tank” Abbott. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 19, 2009.

  • The California State Athletic Commission today released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from last weekend’s Wargods and KSP co-promoted “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” event. The show’s headliner, Ken Shamrock, earned $25,000 for his first-round submission win over Ross Clifton. David “Tank” Abbott, who Shamrock may be matched up against at another Wargods event later this year, earned $20,000 for his 29-second knockout of Mike Bourke.

  • Despite Strikeforce officials and Ken Pavia saying different, former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields tells that his reported bout against Joe Riggs for April has not yet been signed. “Well, nothing is signed right now but it is a good possibility that it is going to happen.” Shields told the website via text message. “If it does go through, I think it will be a good, exciting fight.”

  • Massachusetts-based World Championship Fighting has announced that it has produced its first television program, WCF Rewind, which will debut on Comcast SportsNet New England on Sunday, March 1st at 6:30 PM. The half-hour program is said to feature intimate and gritty portraits of some of the region’s most exciting up and coming mixed martial artists as they prepare for their WCF bouts.

  • Shields vs. Riggs Set for Strikeforce in April

    Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

    A welterweight bout between former EliteXC title holder Jake Shields and longtime veteran Joe Riggs has been signed to take place on Strikeforce’s scheduled April 11 event, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

    MMA on Tap was able to receive confirmation of the matchup from Ken Pavia, Riggs’ manager, this morning. was the first to report the bout.

    Shields was originally thought to potentially be headed to the UFC instead of joining Scott Coker’s Strikeforce ranks after his contract was purchased from ProElite earlier this month, but the bout with Riggs signals that will indeed be joining Scott Smith, Benji Radach and others in the San Jose-based promotion.

    The Cesar Gracie trained fighter is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that dates back to over three years ago. Shields submitted Nick Thompson with a guillotine choke at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26 to win the vacant EliteXC welterweight belt and then successfully defended it with a second-round submission of Paul Daley in his last fight.

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    Strikeforce Destruction Weigh Ins

    San Jose, CA. —Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (13-5) weighed in at 185 ½ lbs. and his opponent, Terry Martin (18-5), tipped the scales at 186 lbs. one day before their meeting at Strikeforce “Destruction,” the mixed martial arts mega-event at San Jose’s HP Pavilion.

    Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) and his opponent, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), both registered in at 204 lbs.  Knockout artists and opponents Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) and Yves Edwards (34-14-1) weighed in at 163 lbs. and 164 lbs, respectively.

    The following are the official fighter weights from today’s weigh-ins at Hotel DeAnza:

    Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – 185.5 lbs. vs Terry Martin – 186 lbs.
    Bobby Southworth – 204 lbs. vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral – 204 lbs.
    Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 163 lbs. vs Yves Edwards – 164 lbs.
    Kim “Sugar Free” Couture – 132 lbs. vs Lina Kvokov – 133 lbs.
    Joe “Diesel” Riggs – 170.5 lbs. vs Luke Stewart – 170.5 lbs.
    Brad Royster – 134 lbs. vs Darren “Bone Crusher” Uyenoyama – 136 lbs.
    Nik Theotikos – 185.5 lbs. vs Luke Rockhold – 185.5 lbs.
    Zakary Bucia – 169 lbs. vs Adam Steele – 168 lbs.
    Alvin Cacdac – 143 lbs. vs Jose Palacios – 145 lbs.
    Lemont Davis – 173 lbs. vs Brian Schwartz – 175 lbs.
    Josh Neal – 184 lbs. vs Kurt “Rhino” Osiander – 185 lbs.
    Bobby Stack – 155 lbs. vs Cyrillo Padilha – 156 lbs.
    Tony Johnson – 184 lbs. vs Eric Lawson – 185 lbs.

    HP Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.  The main card will commence at 7:30 p.m.

    The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).

    Strikeforce Announces “Destruction” Event

    Renato Sobral. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    Southworth vs. “Babalu” Greenlit For Nov. 21st: Riggs battles Stewart, tickets for Strikeforce “Destruction” on sale Monday

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Only two months after injuries to both fighters postponed their scheduled showdown, a healthy Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion, Bobby Southworth (9-5), will make his highly anticipated title defense against surgically repaired superstar, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), in the main event of Strikeforce “Destruction” at San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Friday, November 21st.

    Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-11) will make his return to the welterweight (170 lb. limit) division in a featured contest with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Luke Stewart (6-1). Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2), will set out to defend his crown for the first time and notch his ninth consecutive victory against an opponent to be announced.

    “It’s my title and I plan on defending it,” said Southworth, who had originally been slated to put his belt on the line against Sobral in the main event of Strikeforce’s second affair at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on September 20th. Stabilization problems stemming from a past knee injury, however, sidelined Southworth. “The stabilization in my knee is back and so is my strength.”

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    Riggs, Rodriguez Head RITC Anniversary Show

    Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

    Longtime veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will compete in separate bouts that will headline Rage in the Cage’s tenth-anniversary show, which will take place at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona on November 8.

    The organization officially announced the event in a press release sent out to the media yesterday. Tickets are now available at the U.S. Airways Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Additional bouts are expected to be added to the card in the near future.

    Riggs will take on middleweight prospect J.R. Schumacher while Rodriguez will go up against Robert Beraun in a rematch of their January 2006 where Beraun upset Rodriguez and won an unanimous decision. A total of three championship bouts will also take place.

    The current fight card for the event is after the jump.

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    Misaki-Riggs Set for Strikeforce at the Mansion

    Joe Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

    Former PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix runner-up Kazuo Misaki will make his Strikeforce debut against UFC veteran Joe Riggs when the organization returns to the famous Playboy Mansion in California for their second “Strikeforce at the Mansion” show on September 20th.

    Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz officially announced the bout in a press release sent out to the media last night. After spending his entire career fighting for Japanese-based promotions, Misaki signed a two-fight deal with Strikeforce in March.

    “I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” Misaki said. “Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor. His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one.”

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