Fear not, fight fans -- the previously untelevised welterweight showdown between rough-and-tumble brawlers, Joe Riggs (32-10) and Jay Hieron (18-4), will air live on EASports.com at 9:05 ET on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010.
Sherdog.com passes along the good news, setting the table for the Strikeforce: "Miami" event slated for the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., which begins at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
That means that at least five bouts will hit the airwaves this weekend on fight night.
Riggs, a former UFC welterweight number one contender, has found success since leaving the Octagon, racking up a solid record (4-1) under the Strikeforce banner. "Diesel" also competed twice in December under smaller promotions, ending both in the first round and capping off the year with an undefeated (3-0) run.
Hieron, on the other hand, went on to stymie UFC washout Jesse Taylor via unanimous decision at Strikeforce: "Carano vs. Cyborg" back in August 2008. He was originally booked to battle Nick Diaz for the vacant welterweight title; however, the Stockton scrapper pulled out of the match on short notice because of issues with the state athletic commission.
"The Thoroughbred" hasn't lost since June 2007 and is probably best known for his reign of terror in the now-defunct IFL and Affliction promotions. Perhaps a win this month (for either man) could set up a potential title fight against the winner of Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis.
Strikeforce: "Miami" features a main event between Nick Diaz and DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis for the promotion's vacant 170-pound world title. Female powerhouse Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will put her 145-pound title on the line against Marloes Coenen in the co-featured fight of the night.
In addition, feared K-1 striker "Marvelous" Melvin Manhoef will make his Strikeforce debut opposite the power-punching "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.
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