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Shields/Riggs Added to Strikeforce’s April Event

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Strikeforce’s first event in its new Showtime contract just picked up another big name. MMA Weekly has confirmed a report by that said former EliteXC welterweight champ Jake Shields will be facing UFC/Strikeforce vet Joe Riggs at the April 11th card in San Jose. No, Riggs isn’t the kind of top ten opponent that Shields would ideally be fighting, but at least he’s competing again — which is pretty much how Shields and his father/manager Jack are viewing the situation. As the elder Shields told MMA Weekly:

“Originally, EliteXC had been up in the air for so long, we had gotten a lawyer and were prepared to file suit to get a release. Then we went to Strikeforce, and we know Scott Coker. We’ve always had good relations with him. It was a much smarter thing to do than getting involved with anything legal. It just seemed the right thing to do to go ahead and finish the contract. It’s a lot better than waiting around.”

That seems to leave open the possibility of Shields moving to the UFC when his current contract is completed, where he’d be able to test himself against the best 170-pounders in the world. The Cesar Gracie-trained fighter — who has won his last 11 fights, including victories over such highly regarded opponents as Paul Daley, Nick Thompson, Carlos Condit, and Yushin Okami — will also reportedly headline another Strikeforce event this summer, "against a well-known opponent."

Riggs has gone 2-2 in Strikeforce, most recently scoring a TKO over Luke Stewart at Strikeforce: Destruction last November. While in the UFC, he put together an equally-middling record of 4-4 — and infamously missed weight for a scheduled title fight against Matt Hughes in 2005 — but was able to collect victories against Nick Diaz and Chris Lytle.

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MMA Commie- February 18, 2009 at 8:32 am
@ Cool

A thousand penises in your grave and none of them yours.

Good day.
I- February 18, 2009 at 8:30 am
It is always nice when you have good relations with your boss.
Mister Obvious- February 18, 2009 at 8:08 am

Haha, right after I submitted that, I thought of Kalib Starnes.
Fucking Starnes! Touche BIG CHRIS. Touche.
BIG CHRIS- February 18, 2009 at 7:58 am
Well I will let Kalib Starnes know you think that, I am sure he will be happy to know that one person agrees with his technique. Cause IMO he was in the cage but didn't come to fight...and there a many other examples i can think of, people who don't make weight, or don't train hard enought to last a whole fight, all i am saying is that Jake didn't deserve to be jobless, because organization was being ran by a bunch of idiots. He is a hard worker and deserves an oppurtunity to make some money doing what he works so hard for.
Mister Obvious- February 18, 2009 at 7:43 am

Umm, every time a fighter gets in the cage, they're coming to fight.
Jake's not the only one.
BIG CHRIS- February 18, 2009 at 7:27 am
Jake Sheilds is a god fighter, I am glad that he is going to be getting paid, he works hard and comes out to fight every time he gets in the cage....I hope he can keep his winning streak going and eventually fight in the UFC.
Machete for hands- February 18, 2009 at 7:00 am
DIAZ!!!!! this is gonna be a good fight
mayhem420- February 18, 2009 at 7:00 am
Riggs is done... Diaz is going to get KO (as much as I hate Frank)
Jake Shields will come to the UFC and get beat by GSP...
NeW jErSeY-nEw JeRsEy- February 18, 2009 at 6:48 am
Bad fight for Riggs...BAA-AAA-AAA-D. He'll be taken down, smothered, and g-n-p'd in less than 2 minutes.
the funny man- February 18, 2009 at 6:21 am
dear tuf guy can i borrow yr face while my assl takes a holiday ya ya ya ya
Anonymous- February 18, 2009 at 6:07 am
1st. Cool.

Does 'ol Frank still have those stupid braces? Because I'd love to see his opponent punch his mouth right through them.