Joe Riggs has parted ways with UFC/WEC parent company Zuffa and has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce according to The Fight Network. Even more importantly, Riggs will make his Strikeforce debut on September 29th when he challenges Eugene Jackson for the Strikeforce U.S. Middleweight Title:
Joe Riggs (26-9) has no problem fighting for any promotion, as long as he gets a little respect. The seven-time UFC veteran says he recently asked promoters Zuffa LLC. to release him from a four-fight co-promotional contract with its sister organization World Extreme Cagefighting to pursue more lucrative offers that would entail less fights.
Subsequently, Riggs has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce and will make his debut for the San Jose, Calif. promotion’s Sept. 29 “Strikeforce Hits the Playboy Mansion” event at the famous Los Angeles hotspot. The 24-year-old wrestler will challenge striker Eugene Jackson for his Strikeforce U.S. Middleweight Championship title. Jackson, 41, earned the accolade nine months ago by submitting Hawaii staple Ronald Jhun in just over two minutes, but is remembered more for a string of brutal UFC knockouts in the late 90s.
Riggs was originally rumored to be taking on Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a October WEC bout but that fight never developed after the WEC changed their minds about having the fight take place. Couple that with Riggs’ WEC Middleweight Title being stripped from around his waist and Zuffa stating that a Riggs loss to Dan Chambers in July would result in Riggs being fired and you have your reasons behind Riggs asking to be released.