Joe riggs

Joe 'Diesel' Riggs

Joe Riggs is a mixed martial artist fighting at welterweight for Strikeforce. He has also competed in the UFC. He has fought at every weight from heavyweight, light-heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight. It wouldn't be such a stretch to see Riggs make his lightweight debut.

Strikeforce and OtherwiseEdit

Riggs most recently defeated Louis Taylor in Strikeforce and he next fought Trent Thorne in King of the Cage and defeated him via TKO due to elbows. Riggs then fought Jordan Mein, and lost via second-round technical knockout.

Bellator and OtherwiseEdit

He next moved back up to middleweight to make his Bellator debut versus former tournament finalist Bryan Baker. Baker defeated Riggs via second round knockout. After the fight, Baker proposed to his girlfriend on live television and she said yes.

Riggs next rematched fellow UFC veteran Kendall Grove, losing via standing guillotine choke submission fifty-nine seconds in.

Riggs next fought veteran Shannon Ritch defeating Ritch via technical knockout in just under a minute. He then fought another veteran Aaron Brink defeating Brink via second round armbar submission.

Riggs next faced Shane Johnson knocking Johnson out in the second round. He then faced Josh Cavan, knocking out Cavan near the end of the first round.

Riggs then fought Cris Leyva defeating Leyva via first round technical knockout for his fifth straight victory and his third straight knockout, in November 2012.

Fight Master showEdit

Several months later in May 2013 Riggs was announced to be a part of the first season of Bellator's Fight Master reality show in the welterweight division. Riggs beat fighters Rob Mills, Eric Scallan, Evan Cutts and Cole William to advance to the finals.

He was set to face Mike Bronzoulis in the finals but he was injured and the fight was rescheduled for the Spike TV preliminary portion of the first Bellator pay-per-view card in November 2013. Riggs defeated Bronzoulis via unanimous decision to win the tournament.

He was next set to fight Sam Oropeza in the quarterfinals of the Bellator season ten welterweight tournament. The fight unfortunately never materialized.

Return to the UFCEdit

Riggs next signed to return to the UFC replacing Mike Rhodes against veteran Paulo Thiago in Brazil. Riggs unfortunately injured himself when his pistol discharged while he was cleaning it injuring his arm and upper thigh.

After an extensive recovery Riggs next signed to make his return to the UFC against fellow Bellator veteran Ben Saunders. Saunders defeated Riggs quickly via a first round shoulder injury submission.

After recovering Riggs signed to fight fellow veteran Patrick Cote.


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