Misaki Bangs Riggs, Thomson Battters Bowman

Fighters.com’s ninth-ranked Kazuo Misaki (21-8-2) TKO’d “Diesel” Joe Riggs (28-11) at 2:29 of round two Saturday night in Beverly Hills, north of Los Angeles.

“I’m happy with the win,” Misaki said through an interpreter.

Misaki and Riggs at Strikeforce weigh-ins.There was a frustrating seven-minute build-up to the fireworks finale in which both veterans circled and strategized while  the crowd begged for action.

Riggs struck first in the second round, nailing Misaki with a big left and a kick; but, Misaki countered with a right cross that floored “Diesel”.

Misaki followed Riggs to the mat and landed several shots before referee Josh Rosenthal ended the fight.

“I had my hands covering my head,” argued Riggs after the stoppage.  “But it is what it is.”

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion “Punk” Josh Thomson (16-2) knocked “Archer” Ashe Bowman to the fence with a right and followed up with a flurry before referee Herb Dean ended the fight at 1:14 of round one.

Strikeforce debuting lightweight “Endless Warrior” Mitsuhiro Ishida (17-4-1) also won a quick stoppage over “Silverback” Justin Wilcox by armbar submission at 1:21 of round one.

Ishida at Strikeforce weigh ins.Terry Martin (18-5) returned from a brutal knockout by “Phenom” Vitor Belfort (17-8) in July and dropped Cory Devela (9-2) with left hook at 2:08 of round three.

Light heavyweight Trevor Prangley (18-5) picked up a UD over “El Toro” Anthony Ruiz (21-12) in a fight he took on late notice.

Luke Stewart (6-1) tapped Jesse Juarez (6-5) in an armbar at4:55 of round one.

Eric Lawson (7-2) tapped Kenneth Seegrist (5-1) in a rear naked choke at 3:07 of round one.

Brandon Magana (6-1) and Jesse Gillespie (2-2) each won split decisions over Brandon Thatch (3-1) and Dave Martin  (0-2) respectively.