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Chicago’s Louis Taylor is headed to the main event. Taylor got the call to take on Joe “Diesel” Riggs to headline a stacked STRIKEFORCE Challengers event from Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor will be fighting Riggs in front of Diesel’s home crowd, and they’ll do it at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event on Friday, Aug. 13, LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. here in Chicago.

Taylor is 6-1 and has rattled off two consecutive knockout wins since his first career loss to Nate Moore on the undercard of the STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL: Fedor vs. Rogers event here in Hoffman Estates last November.

The 5-foot-11 Taylor has scored knockouts in four of his six consecutive victories and has only gone to the judges scorecards once in his professional career.
The event, STRIKEFORCE’s first in the state of Arizona, will also feature a four-woman single elimination welterweight (135 pound) tournament comprised of four female prospects to be announced soon. The tournament will be completed over the course of the evening’s fight card.

The winner of the tournament will likely face the champion of the July 23 STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight Title fight between undefeated, defending champ Sarah Kaufman and challenger Roxanne Modafferi in Everett, Wash., LIVE on SHOWTIME.

Riggs holds notable victories over STRIKEFORCE Welterweight champ Nick Diaz, Kendall Grove, Chris Lytle and “The N.Y. Badass” Phil Baroni. He is coming off a controversial unanimous decision loss to streaking, former world champ Jay Hieron at STRIKEFORCE: Miami on Jan. 30, 2010.

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