Monday, October 13, 2008

No RITC fight for Joe Riggs, Nov. 21 Strikeforce bout definite

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Despite Rage in the Cage's announcement that Joe Riggs (28-11) would headline its Nov. 8 event in a fight with middleweight JR Schumacher (4-1), an official from Strikeforce today told ( that the fight isn't happening.

Instead, as Strikeforce announced on Friday, Riggs will meet welterweight prospect Luke Stewart (6-1) at "Strikeforce: Destruction," which takes place Nov. 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz isn't sure why RITC announced that Riggs would be fighting just two weeks before his organization's event, but he made it very clear that it's Strikeforce's decision to make.

"We have Joe signed to an exclusive contract in North America," Afromowitz said. "When it's time permitting, he can compete in other shows. But in this case, he has a big fight on Nov. 21, so that fight on Nov. 8 isn't going to happen."

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