Villasenor: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Strikeforce has parted ways with Joey
Villasenor and Joe Riggs.
Five Ounces of Pain first reported the pair's release from the
promotion on Wednesday night, and Sherdog confirmed the report with
Strikeforce officials early Thursday morning.
Villasenor has recently suffered back-to-back losses for the first
time in his career, dropping bouts to Danillo
Villefort and Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo
"Jacare" Souza. Prior to those defeats, the 35-year-old was
riding a four-fight winning streak, earning victories over notables
Baroni and Evangelista
"Cyborg" Santos in that span.
A Pride Fighting Championships veteran, “Smokin' Joe” contended for
the defunct EliteXC middleweight championship in 2007, losing by
TKO to Murilo "Ninja"
Rua at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Baroni.”
An eight-time UFC veteran, Riggs began his career in 2001, fighting
as a heavyweight. “Diesel” made the cut to 205 pounds in 2004 and
then to middleweight later that year. The 28-year-old now cycles
between stints at middleweight and welterweight and has won six of
his last seven fights.
His only loss in during that stretch came to Jay Hieron at
Strikeforce “Miami” in 2010. The Elite Performance fighter has won
back-to-back fights, earning stoppage victories over Louis
Taylor at Strikeforce “Challengers 10” and Trent
Thorne at King of the Cage 48, respectively.