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Fight-Booking Alert: Diaz vs. Riggs, Swick vs. Kampmann


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According to a new report on FiveOuncesofPain, a welterweight rematch between Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs has been added to the undercard of Strikeforce’s "Carano vs. Cyborg" event (August 15th, San Jose). Due to the show’s main card featuring as many as three 25-minute matches — the historic headliner, the lightweight championship rematch between Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez, and the still-unconfirmed heavyweight title fight between Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers — Diaz vs. Riggs II may not make the televised Showtime broadcast.

The two fighters first met at UFC 57 in February 2006, where Riggs won a unanimous decision; infamously, they continued their fight later that night at a hospital. Bad Boy and Diesel were both successful at "Lawler vs. Shields" earlier this month, with Diaz choking out Scott Smith and Riggs outlasting Phil Baroni. Considering their tense history and shared love of trash-talk, this should be a great one. No other matches have been confirmed for "Carano vs. Cyborg" besides the ones mentioned above, though Roger Gracie and Erin Toughill are expected to participate.


In Octagon news, a bout between highly-regarded welterweights Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann has been booked for UFC 103 (September 19th, Dallas). As MMA Junkie hears it, the match could be used to determine the UFC’s next title challenger at 170 pounds, after Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves battle for the belt next month at UFC 100. Both fighters are undefeated since dropping from middleweight earlier in ther careers. Swick is on a 4-0 run at welterweight, and most recently wrecked Ben Saunders at this month’s UFC 99. Kampmann has gone 2-0 at 170, most recently winning an exciting split decision over Carlos Condit in April. Said Swick of the matchup: "I’m going to go in there and try to show that I deserve a big fight in my next fight. If I win this next fight, that will put me at 9-1 in the UFC against some tough opponents. I definitely think I deserve a big fight."

Your predictions?

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ColinL- June 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Bitches,

You all forgot the biggest thing to comment on about the Riggs vs Diaz proposed fight...


So did Riggs really break both hands in the fight with Baroni or not? (Riggs postfight ringside interview... something like "I broke both my hands again.. Sorry baby") Because if he did, I can't see how he could be medically cleared by August. Not even with HGH, creatine, horse steroids and superglue.
prodigy2k7- June 30, 2009 at 6:34 pm
I'm taking Kapmann over Swick. I think he could possibly stop him.
Perma- June 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm
1st off Scott Coker better put the crackpipe down if he ever thinks about wasting Riggs-Diaz 2 on the undercard, that is just insane.

2nd Swick will walk through Kampman, sucks he is taking a stepback with this fight, but at least he gets to fight in his home state.

rokabee- June 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm
Im gonna take Kampmann > Swick.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- June 30, 2009 at 11:41 am
I wanna like Nick, I really do but he seems to be such a dick. Maybe he's just a man and says what he feels and my vag is itching or somethin. maybe I want him to father my love child. A pot smokin half scottish half beaner baby flipin the bird on the way outta my hemi infested bunghole
ArmFarmer- June 30, 2009 at 10:31 am
Ah I see, thanks.
ReDx- June 30, 2009 at 10:20 am
Armfarmer...


They changed it for that fight, there was an article on here about it a few weeks ago.
robthom- June 30, 2009 at 10:05 am
Thats a heck of a gosh darn card!


Better than some UFC's and comparable to Afflictions million dollar splurges.
831 Son- June 30, 2009 at 9:52 am
They better televise Diaz's fight. They are complete idiots if they dont. Tight as fuck how he socked up Joe riggs at the hospital.
ArmFarmer- June 30, 2009 at 8:49 am
3 25 minute fights? Are you implying that Caranos will be 25? That doesn't sound right, I didn't think they ever had 25 minute female fights.

If Diaz/Riggs isn't televised I will lose all the respect that I have gained for strikeforce, but I think they are smarter than that. I think a lot of people would rather see Diaz/Riggs over any of those other fights except for maybe the Gina fight.

I also agree, Riggs shouldn't be overlooked in this fight. He looked awesome against Baroni not to mention having already beaten Diaz. if the right Riggs shows up to fight Diaz it should be a war.
ScrambledEggs- June 30, 2009 at 8:43 am
You people need a reality check.
Riggs WON the 1st fight with Diaz. I can see people picking Nick to win the rematch but people saying this is a step down in competition or Diaz will dominate is asinine.
Also NO WAY this fight isn't televised.
If it does happen on Aug.15th Overeem's title defense will be on a future card or this fight will happen at a later date. As someone pointed out earlier Riggs said he broke both hands against Baroni. Seems like a quick turnaround for a guy who just broke both his hands.
se7ensenses- June 30, 2009 at 8:35 am
Someone needs to make a punch counter for Nick. They can put it in the corner of the screen like the timer. That thing would climb higher than Spiderman on DMT.
common sense- June 30, 2009 at 8:04 am
fuck yeah diaz over riggs!!!!!!

and he has to be on TV. he literally is their most exciting fighter and the trash talk and the hospital stories they could use in the promotion would be epic.
BeastUnleashed- June 30, 2009 at 7:58 am
How the hell are they gonna put Diaz on the under card????

Move it to the next event or something, He just did Main Event, then Main card now he is under card. Jesus.
bobzemuda- June 30, 2009 at 7:56 am
I thought Riggs broke both his hands on Baroni's face?
DDT- June 30, 2009 at 7:53 am
how the hell can they not televise a Nick Diaz fight. He's their most entertaining fighter. F'ing idiots.
Kadumel- June 30, 2009 at 7:45 am
Carano takes this one by sheer hotness.
LoneWolf- June 30, 2009 at 7:38 am
Carano over Cyborg
Overeem over Rogers
Thomson over Melendez
Diaz over Riggs
Swick over Kampmann
SSTT- June 30, 2009 at 7:25 am
Diaz def. Riggs T(KO) r2
Cyborg def. Carano T(KO) r2
Rogers def. Overeem T(KO) r1
Thomson def. Melendez dec
Kampmann def. Swick dec
CJvsCP- June 30, 2009 at 7:07 am
Diaz TKO Riggs round 2.
Cyborg subs Carano round 1
Rogers KO Overeem round 2
Thomson over Melendez via una dec
Swick over Kampmann via una dec
FreddyFangers- June 30, 2009 at 7:03 am
I understand the hate between these guys but this feels like a step down for Diaz. Diaz will dominate this fight....
se7en0we2- June 30, 2009 at 6:59 am
WAR Diaz!
hows taste my pee pee- June 30, 2009 at 6:45 am
Guess Riggs-Shields really isn't going to ever happen?
Diaz over Riggs.
Cyborg over Carano.
Overeem over Rogers.
Thomson over Melendez.
Swick over Kampmann.
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