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Nick Diaz vs. Jay Hieron August 15 Strikeforce Fight Likely

Nick DiazNick Diaz will likely fight Jay Hieron at Strikeforce’s August 15 event in San Jose after his original opponent, Joe Riggs, was hospitalized after reportedly suffering a bad reaction to an undisclosed drug and forced to withdraw from the bout.

Gracie Mag first-reported the likely replacement on Tuesday, adding that Phil Baroni was nixed by Showtime as a replacement for the fight and an agreement with Takanori Gomi could not be reached.

Strikeforce has not yet confirmed whether the newly-created Strikeforce welterweight title will still be on the line for the Diaz-Hieron matchup as was planned when Diaz was to square off in a rematch with Riggs.

Diaz (20-7) has won five-straight, including recent victories over Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith, while Hieron, who was to fight Paul Daley at the recently-canceled August 1 Affliction: Trilogy event, has also won five in a row,  most-recently defeating Jason High via first-round knockout in January.

On Monday, a light heavyweight championship bout pitting title-holder Renato “Babalu” Sobral against Gegard Mousasi was added to the Showtime-televised event, which is headlined by Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, though a lightweight championship unification fight between Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez scheduled for the event could be scratched.

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