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. AroundtheOctagon.com 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.

Riggs returned to the welterweight division for his last fight, a second-round TKO of rising prospect Luke Stewart at Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event this past November. “Diesel” put together a record of 3-2 as a middleweight following his release from the UFC in December 2006.

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