When welterweights Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs square off in a rematch at Strikeforce’s August 15 event the promotion’s newly-created 170-pound title will be on the line, according to MMA Weekly.
The Showtime-televised event, which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, features three other title bouts as Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos meet for the Strikeforce 145-pound Women’s Championship, heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem takes on Fabricio Werdum, and lightweight champions Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez unify their titles.
In their previous meeting in early-2006 at UFC 57, Riggs topped Diaz by unanimous decision but even more memorable than their fight inside the Octagon was the one that took place after they left the cage, as the pair brawled at the hospital.
Diaz (20-7) has won five-straight, including recent victories over Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith, while Riggs (31-11) has won back-to-back fights over Luke Stewart and Phil Baroni.
[Pictured: Joe Riggs]