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Misaki to face Riggs at 'Strikeforce at the Mansion 2'

2006 PRIDE GP winner Kazuo Misaki will fight UFC veteran Joe Riggs at "Strikeforce at the Mansion 2" at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Sept. 20, the promotion announced today.

Misaki (22-8-1) won a unanimous decision against Logan Clark at "Sengoku 3" in June. Misaki is expected to return to the promotion late 2008/early 2009 to face the winner of the "Sengoku" Middleweight GP for the promotion's first ever 183-pound title.

Misaki, who signed a two-fight deal in March to fight exclusively in North America with Strikeforce, will be making his promotional debut.

"Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor. His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one," Misaki said.

Riggs (28-10) is coming off a tune-up fight on July 26 at Rage in the Cage 112. Riggs says he has recovered 100 percent from a back injury that forced him to verbally submit at "Strikeforce at the Dome" in February. This will be Riggs' last fight as a middleweight, as he plans on venturing back into the welterweight division.