PRO MMA (promma.info) received word from the Riggs camp late Friday evening that the much speculated bout between Joe “Diesel” Riggs and Nick Diaz has been confirmed for the ‘Strikeforce: Carano vs. Santos” event set to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Aug. 15.
Diaz will certainly be looking for revenge from their first bout. Diaz and Riggs originally clashed at UFC 57 in Feb. 2006. The fight ended up going the distance with Diaz losing a unanimous decision.
Both fighters are coming off impressive victories at the June 6 Strikeforce card in St. Louis. Riggs won a unanimous decision over “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, and Diaz took out Scott Smith with a 3rd round rear naked choke.
It is not yet clear at what weight class the fight will take place. Riggs fought his last fight at 170 lbs. and Diaz fought at 179 lbs.
Other fights on the Aug. 15 card include headliners Gina Carano vs. Cristiane Santos, and Gilbert Melendez vs. lightweight champ Josh Thomson. Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem is also expected to appear on the card.
UPDATE (7-06-2009): PRO MMA (promma.info) has now learned from sources close to the bout that the fight will take place at 170 lbs. (welterweight).
By: Jack Bratcher