Saturday, September 20, 2008

Riggs vs. Misaki headlines Strikeforce at Mansion

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From the outside, the plight of name mixed martial artists who are no longer in the Ultimate Fighting Championship doesn't seem too bad.

There are so many organizations that nobody can keep them all straight, but only a small number of former UFC headliners out there.

For someone like Joe "Diesel" Riggs, who in 2005 was a 23-year-old veteran challenging Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight title, there are plenty of offers and he can command a solid price.

At least when things go right, which they often don't.

Riggs is now a few days shy of his 26th birthday, and will face his biggest name opponent in a couple of years when he takes on Kazuo Misaki in the main event of Saturday night's Strikeforce show at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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