Joe
Riggs
40-16-0, 1NC( W-L-D )
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Submission of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 17 fights.
Record: 40-16-0, 1NC
Summary: Right hand

Fighter Info

Nickname: Diesel
From: Phoenix, Arizona USA
Fights Out Of: Glendale, Arizona USA
Age: 32
Height: 6' 0" ( 182 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
264
49% Successful
130
Types of Successful Strikes
0
130
36% Standing
28%
35% Ground
47
37
46
Striking Defense
60
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
19
58% Successful
11
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
2
11
2
Takedown Defense
63
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided

Biography

TRAINING: I have strength and conditioning with my physical training coach Jarrett Aki. Following that I typically do a 4-6 mile run. Later in the day I have my pro MMA practice with my team from 3-5 pm, Monday through Friday. Every Saturday I do hard sparring with my team. Sundays I take off to rest.
 
When and why did you start training for fighting? I have been fighting since I was seven years old; I feel I was born to fight.
 
What ranks and titles have you held? Strikeforce interim welterweight champ, WEC middleweight champ, Bellator Fight Master champ
 
Do you have any heroes? Randy Couture
 
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me to be back in the UFC. I am more excited now than when I first got in.
 
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I want to get a Criminal Justice degree at GCC.
 
What was your job before you started fighting? Fighting is the only job I ever had.
 
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown belt in BJJ
 
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle
 
Favorite striking technique: Right Hook
• Pro since 2001

• 29 wins by KO, 7 by submission (4 armbar, RNC, 2 triangle choke)

• Fought at heavyweight before

• Returning to middleweight

• Defeated current referee Herb Dean in 2003 bout

• Has won six of his last eight

• 15-6 between UFC appearances

• Had 2-1 WEC record, 4-3 in Strikeforce

• Owns non-UFC wins over Phil Baroni, Eugene Jackson, and Kendall Grove

• 21-2, 1 NC in Arizona

Career

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