As mentioned by Adam Morgan on this site, Ariel Helwani of MMARated.com broke the news last night that the California State Athletic Commission did not clear Joe Riggs in time for a planned fight between he and Luke Stewart during scheduled for Strikeforce’s show tonight in San Jose, Calif.
Helwani followed up the report by revealing that Drew Fickett had been chose as a replacement for Riggs. However, in a strange turn of events, Fickett has been prevented from accepting the fight due to a previous contractual commitment, according to TKOExtreme.com. The long-time MMA veteran is already scheduled to fight Ryan Ford in Canada for the MFC welterweight title on July 25.
As of now, Stewart could be without an opponent for tonight’s show, which is scheduled to be televised on HDNet and will feature Gilbert Melendez defending the Strikeforce lightweight title against Josh Thomson.
If you’re a California-based welterweight with recent medicals, you might want to give Strikeforce a call.
We also now know the reason why Riggs wasn’t licensed. According to MMARated.com, Riggs took a prescribed percocet and a decision by CSAC was made not to clear him due to concerns that traces of the drug would still be in his system upon mandatory drug testing. It should be noted that it was Riggs’ camp who made the decision to notify the commission.