Welterweights Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs are likely to meet on Strikeforce’s rumored June 6th event in St. Louis, according to Five Ounces of Pain.
According to the report, both fighters have been offered the matchup but neither has officially signed on for the bout.
Baroni (13-10), a former UFC fighter who left the promotion following four-straight losses between 2003 and 2005, dropped from middleweight to welterweight last year following three-straight losses to Frank Shamrock, Kala Hose, and Joey Villasenor. “The New York Badass” has found success at the new weight class, going 3-0 at 170-pounds with victories over Scott Jansen, Ron Verdadero, and Olaf Alfonso.
Riggs (29-10) was offered a UFC title shot against Matt Hughes in 2005 following back-to-back wins, but failed to make weight for the fight then lost to Hughes in a non-title matchup. After going 2-2 in his next 4 UFC bouts with wins over Nick Diaz and Jason Von Flue as well as losses to Mike Swick and Diego Sanchez, “Diesel” was cut from the promotion. Since leaving he’s gone 4-2, most-recently defeating Luke Stewart via second-round TKO at Strikeforce: Destruction last November. He was originally slated to fight June 6th headliner Jake Shields on April 11th, but the matchup was scrapped after Shields was instead tapped to fight Robbie Lawler.
Riggs went on an expletive-filled rant earlier today in an interview with Ariel Helwani at Versus.com (uncensored version available at Fightlinker) regarding Shield’s decision to fight Lawler because a fight against Riggs wasn’t “big enough”.