A welterweight contest between
Riggs confirmed the fight during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio, and Baroni followed on Tuesday. An announcement from Strikeforce is expected in the coming days.
The bout was a popular "what-if" fight amongst hard-core fans in the heyday of their UFC careers.
Baroni faces his stiffest challenge yet since dropping to the welterweight division in 2008 on the heels of three consecutive losses. The "New York Bad Ass" has racked up three wins as a welterweight, most recently a decision win over
The hard-hitting fighter hopes a fourth win will put him at the top of Strikeforce's recently expanded division.
"Riggs is a test, and it's an important fight for me," said Baroni. "I've got to be prepared."
To put it mildly, Riggs was none too happy about a shift in opponents that took him from a proposed matchup with
"This is a fight that everyone has wanted to see for a while," he told MMAWeekly.com. "I'm very excited."
Since his move to Strikeforce, Riggs has alternated between wins and losses in five appearances. Most recently, he stopped jiu-jitsu specialist
Riggs' former opponent, Shields, who jumps a weight class to face