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Joe Riggs

Joe "Diesel" Riggs

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Fighter Details

  • Given Name: Joseph Jonathan Riggs
  • MMA Record: 49-18-1, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Diesel
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1982.09.23
  • Last Fight: January 04, 2019 in KOP
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.2 lbs
  • Affiliation: N/A
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $388,500 USD
  • Born: Sanford, Maine, United States
  • Fighting out of: Phoenix, Arizona
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Joe Riggs Middleweight Ranking History

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  • Michigan

    Michigan

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    Joe Riggs is the 1st ranked of 28 active Michigan Pro Middleweights.
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    US Midwest

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    Joe Riggs is the 1st ranked of 231 active US Midwest Pro Middleweights.
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    United States

    updated Sun Jan 20 23:02:14 2019
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    Joe Riggs is the 1st ranked of 835 active United States Pro Middleweights.
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    Russia

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    Joe Riggs is the 5th ranked of 748 active Russia Pro Middleweights.

Joe Riggs MMA Fight Record

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MMA veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs has trimmed down to 170 lbs. in recent years, where the majority of his best performances have occurred. That fact alone is stunning, as Riggs was at one time a 300 lb. hardcore bodybuilder, and had competed in MMA as high up as heavyweight. Riggs made his UFC debut in 2004, defeating Joe Doerksen by submission (strikes), and continued to defeat top names in the organization—including Chris Lytle and Nick Diaz—during the most successful run of his career. Following his UFC career, Riggs entered Strikeforce as a middleweight, defeating Luke Stewart and Phil Baroni to reemerge as a viable contender in that promotion.

Riggs well known for his exploits outside of the cage, as he was famously involved in a physical altercation with Nick Diaz in the hospital following his fight with him at UFC 57. The police were force to intervene as the battle raged among the two fighters in hospital gowns.


A renowned worldbeater in the gym, Riggs has never lived down the label that he has failed to perform up to his potential in his major live, televised fights. Losses to Diego Sanchez and Matt Hughes, among others, were disappointments at critical moments when a win could have vaulted him to the next level.


On November 2nd, 2013 Riggs became the winner of Bellator's Fight Master MMA reality television series by winning a decision over Mike Bronzoulis. Riggs had selected Greg Jackson as his coach for the show, and was the #1 seed in both the elimination round and the quarterfinals, moving to the #2 seed in the semi-finals.



Fight Master: Bellator MMA

Episode 3 Riggs def. Rob Mills by Submission in Round 1

Episode 6 Riggs def. Eric Scallan by Unanimous Decision

Episode 9 Riggs def. Evan Cutts by Unanimous Decision

Episode 10 Riggs def. Cole Williams by Split Decision

Fight Master Finale Riggs def. Mike Bronzoulis by Unanimous Decision

Last updated 12.31.2014, 8:57 AM ET
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