Joe Riggs Replaces Carter on Strikeforce’s Melendez vs. Thomson Card

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According to a report on Sherdog, former UFC welterweight contender Joe Riggs will step in and replace Shonie Carter at Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Thomson” on June 27 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Carter injured his hand in training and was unsure if he would be able to meet the California State Athletic Commissions (CSAC) medical requirements.

Riggs is coming off a September loss to Cory Devela in which he suffered a back injury in the cage. Riggs has since had a second surgery to repair disks in his spine and will look to get back into the cage after a four month layoff.

Fight Card

Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson
Bobby Southworth vs. Anthony Ruiz
Elaina Maxwell vs. Meisha Tate
Luke Stewart vs. Joe Riggs
Nam Phan vs. Billy Evangelista
Bobby Stack vs. Jose Palacios
Jeremiah Metcalf vs. Raymond Daniels
Cyrillo Padhillo vs. Jesse Jones
Alexander Trivino vs. Genaro Strangis
Jesse Gillespie vs. Davis Martin
Josh Neal vs. Travis Johnson
Chris Cariaso vs. Anthony Figueroa
Eric Lawson vs. TBA
Alvin Cacdac vs. TBA

UFC 81: David Heath vs. Anthony Ruiz (Update)

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According to MMAWeekly, David Heath will take on Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz at UFC 81 February 2 from the Mandalay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The report puts out rumors that the David Heath’s fight would be scratched from UFC 81 all together after Tomasz Drwal was forced out of the fight with a knee injury.

Ruiz is on a six fight winning streak, with his last win coming this weekend at Palace Fighting Championships over The Ultimate Fighter 2 veteran Brad Imes.

Anthony Ruiz (20-10) has been fighting in various promotions including PFC, Strikforce, WEC, Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage.

UPDATE: The UFC has announced that Tim Boetsch will fight David Heath at UFC 81 and Not Ruiz.