UFC veteran Joe Riggs has been released from his UFC/WEC contract and has signed a more lucrative contract with Strikeforce according to The Fight Network:
The seven-time UFC veteran says he recently asked promoters Zuffa LLC. to release him from a four-fight co-promotional contract with its sister organization World Extreme Cagefighting to pursue more lucrative offers that would entail less fights.
Subsequently, Riggs has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce and will make his debut for the San Jose, Calif. promotionâ€™s Sept. 29 â€œStrikeforce Hits the Playboy Mansionâ€? event at the famous Los Angeles hotspot. The 24-year-old wrestler will challenge striker Eugene Jackson for his Strikeforce U.S. Middleweight Championship title.
His opponent in the September 29th bout will be fellow UFC-veteran Eugene Jackson. Jackson competed in the organization between 1999 and 2002. In 7 fights Jackson earned victories over Royce Alger, Keiichiro Yamamiya, and Keith Rockel while losing to Sanae Kikuta, Jeremy Horn, Ricardo Almeida and Mark Weir. In his last 3 bouts, all with Strikeforce, Jackson has earned wins over Jorge Ortiz, Mike Seal, and Ronald Jhun.
Riggs has a 26-9 MMA record across the heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight classes. He currently fights as a middleweight. Although not seen in a Zuffa-owned cage this year Riggs has one of the more extensive UFC records out there. Riggs defeated Joe Doerksen in his UFC debut, lost to, and then defeated Chris Lytle to earn a welterweight title shot against Matt Hughes at UFC 56. Hughes defeated Riggs by first round submission.Following the loss Riggs alternated wins and losses defeating Nick Diaz and Jason Von Flue and losses to Mike Swick and Diego Sanchez.