It doesn’t happen nearly as often as over at their major rivals the UFC, but today it was revealed that Strikeforce have chosen to cut two fighters from their roster.
According to a report from Five Oz Of Pain, two veteran fighters Joey Villasenor and Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs have been released from their contracts with the promotion.
The 35 year-old Villasenor has had a tough 2010, first losing to Jacare Souza by decision In Strikeforce this past May, then dropping to another decision loss against Danillo Villeforte at Shark Fights 13 in September.
Still, with an overall career record of 27-8 and an association with Strikeforce dating back to 2007, the decision to cut him is a little surprising.
Even more surprising however is the fact that Riggs will join him considering that he won his last fight for the promotion against Louis Taylor in August, and has since racked up another win at King Of The Cage 48 last month.
Like Villasenor, Riggs has been associated with Strikeforce since 2007, compiling a 4-3 record.
While Neither fighter is a crucial component in Strikeforce’s success going forward, the company are often criticized for lacking strength in depth in many of their divisions, so this latest news is likely to raise a few eyebrows.
The company often have difficulty in getting regular bouts for the fighters on their roster however, and that could have something to do with this latest move, with Riggs in particular having been vocal earlier this year about his frustration at the amount of time he’s had to wait to step into the Strikeforce cage.