Monday, August 11, 2008

Riggs vs. Misaki at Strikeforce Playboy 2

Monday, August 11, 2008 - by Staff

As the second installment of Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion draws nearer, the first major fight has been announced as top ten middleweight Kazuo Misaki makes his promotional debut when he faces veteran fighter Joe Riggs, as announced by the promotion on Sunday.

Misaki has fought all over the world, most notably spending time in the Pride Fighting Championships. “The Grabaka Hitman” also won the Pride middleweight Grand Prix in 2006, defeating Denis Kang in the tournament finals.

"I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at The Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” said Misaki. “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."

Riggs, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor, will step into the bout with Misaki after defeating Matt Dempsey at Rage in the Cage in late July.

Tough as nails with extremely heavy hands, Riggs will look to put his name back on the map with a win over a top competitor in Misaki. Riggs dealt with a back injury suffered in a fight earlier this year and is looking to pick up his second win in a row.

“The back’s great. It’s 100 percent,” Riggs said. “I’m really excited to be healthy again and looking forward to getting back on top.”

Misaki vs. Riggs is the first of 10 scheduled fights that will be announced for the event. Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson has previously announced that he also expects to be on the card although no opponent has been named yet.



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