This fighter is currently serving a suspension by an ABC-recognized athletic commission (NSAC, Nevada)
Pro Record: 41-17-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Team: Brausa Academy
Age: 33
Sex: Male
Height: 6 Feet. 0 Inch(es).
Weight: 170 lbs.
Out of: Phoenix, AZ
Born: Phoenix, AZ

Joe Riggs's Professional Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
09/05/2015 Win Ronald Stallings UFC 191: Johnson vs Dodson Disqualification 2 2:28
04/25/2015 Loss Patrick Cote UFC 186: Johnson vs Horiguchi Decision Unanimous Decision 0
12/13/2014 Loss Ben Saunders UFC on FOX: Miocic vs Dos Santos TKO/RSC Injury 1 0:57
11/02/2013 Win Mikel Bronzoulis Bellator MMA: Chandler vs. Alvarez II Decision Unanimous Decision 3
11/16/2012 Win Cristobal Leyva Rage in the Cage - RITC 164 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage 1 2:28
10/13/2012 Win Josh Cavan Made for War TKO/RSC 1 4:16
06/22/2012 Win Shane Johnson Rage in the Cage - RITC 160 KO 2 2:33
05/11/2012 Win Aaron Brink Rage in the Cage - RITC 159 Submission Arm Bar 2 1:18
11/26/2011 Win Shannon Ritch Duel for Domination MMA Extravaganza TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage 1 0:55
NSF 08/27/2011 Loss Kendall Grove ProElite: Arlovski vs. Lopez Submission Guillotine Choke 1 0:59
05/07/2011 Loss Bryan Baker Bellator Fighting Championships 43 TKO/RSC 2 3:53
01/28/2011 Loss Jordan Mein Wreck MMA 01/28/11 TKO/RSC 2 4:30
11/21/2010 Win Trent Thorne King of the Cage: 11/21/10 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 3:56
08/13/2010 Win Louis Taylor Strikeforce MMA - RITC 8/13/10 Submission 3 2:07
01/30/2010 Loss Jay Hieron STRIKEFORCE - MIAMI Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 12/11/2009 Win Nick Almen Ironman MMA 1 Submission Strikes 1 1:51
NSF 12/04/2009 Win David Barnes Rage in the Cage - RITC 138 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 0:57
06/06/2009 Win Phil Baroni Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields Decision Unanimous Decision 3
11/20/2008 Win Luke Stewart West Coast Productions TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 2 2:05
NSF 09/20/2008 Loss Kazuo Misaki Strikeforce - Playboy Mansion II TKO/RSC 2 2:29
07/26/2008 Win Matt Dempsey Rage in the Cage 112 Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 0:00
02/23/2008 Loss Cory Devela Strikeforce at the Dome Submission 1 1:22
NSF 09/29/2007 Win Eugene Jackson StrikeForce- Playboy Mansion KO Strike 1 3:56
NSF 07/21/2007 Win Dan Chambers Hardcore Championship Fighting 1 Submission Triangle Choke 1 3:25
12/13/2006 Loss Diego Sanchez UFC Fight Night 7: Sanchez vs. Riggs KO 1 1:45
08/17/2006 Win Jason Von Flue UFC Fight Night 6 Submission Triangle Choke 1 2:01
05/27/2006 Loss Mike Swick UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie Submission Guillotine Choke 1 2:19
02/04/2006 Win Nick Diaz UFC 57: Liddell vs Couture 3 Decision Unanimous Decision 3
11/19/2005 Loss Matt Hughes UFC 56: Full Force Submission Kimura 1 3:28
NSF 10/07/2005 Win Chris Lytle UFC 55: Fury TKO/RSC 2
NSF 05/19/2005 Win Rob Kimmons WEC 15: Judgement Day Submission Strikes 1 1:24 Title Fight
04/16/2005 Loss Ivan Salaverry UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2 Submission Triangle Choke 1 2:42
NSF 11/13/2004 Win Thomas Gil Rage in the Cage 66: Thanks Tri-Valley Submission Arm Bar 1 2:05
NSF 10/21/2004 Win Chilo Gonzalez WEC 12: Halloween Fury 3 Submission Strikes 1 1:50
08/21/2004 Win Joseph Doerksen UFC 49: Unfinished Business TKO/RSC 2 3:39
NSF 05/28/2004 Win Shane Johnson Xtreme Cage Fighter 5: Night of Champions KO Punches
NSF 05/07/2004 Win Kendall Grove Rumble On The Rock 5 KO Elbow 1 1:31
NSF 04/30/2004 Win Dave Vitkay International Cage Combat: Trials 2 KO 1
NSF 03/20/2004 Win John Renken Rage in the Cage 60: When the Saint Comes Marching In KO 1
01/31/2004 Win Chris Kiever International Fighting Championship: Battleground Tahoe KO 1
NSF 01/16/2004 Loss Alex Stiebling WEC 9: Cold Blooded Submission Triangle Choke 2
NSF 12/13/2003 Win Cory Timmerman Rage in the Cage 57: Tucson Revisited Submission Arm Bar 1 1:11
12/06/2003 Win Frank Alcala International Fighting Championship: Rumble on the Rio TKO/RSC 1 0:31
09/13/2003 TBD Andy Montana Rage in the Cage 53: The Beat Goes On
NSF 07/19/2003 Win Greg Wiken Evolution Combat Sports TKO/RSC 3
NSF 06/21/2003 Win Will Hammond Montana Art of War 2 TKO/RSC Punches 1
NSF 04/06/2003 Loss Rodney Faverus K-1: The Netherlands (Rumble in the Silverdome) KO 1
NSF 03/01/2003 Loss Travis Fulton Rage in the Cage 45: Finally Submission Choke 1 0:48
NSF 01/18/2003 Win Herb Dean Rage in the Cage 43: The Match Submission Strikes 1 0:52
NSF 12/28/2002 Loss Wesley Correira Rumble On The Rock 1 KO 2 2:07
NSF 12/07/2002 Win Lemuel Vincent Rage in the Cage 42: Road Trip TKO/RSC 1 0:23
NSF 10/19/2002 Win Allen Sullivan Rage in the Cage 39: Bring it On Submission Arm Bar 3 1:57
NSF 09/07/2002 Win Joe Pardo Rage in the Cage 38: Let's Roll Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 06/22/2002 Win Jess Morton Rage in the Cage 36: The Rematch TKO/RSC 1 3:00
NSF 05/03/2002 Win Andy Montana Rage in the Cage 35: This Time It's Personal Submission Strikes 1 1:24
NSF 03/15/2002 Loss Homer Moore Rage in the Cage 34: Unfinished Business Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 02/02/2002 Win Joey Vigueria Rage in the Cage 33: The "Big" Show Submission Strikes 1 2:00
NSF 11/07/2001 Win Justin Lyon Rage in the Cage 31 Submission Strikes 1
NSF 09/26/2001 Win Ryan Roath Rage in the Cage 30: Soaring to New Heights Submission Strikes 1 2:32
: Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.
NSF: Non Sanctioned Fight
* : For a variety of reasons, including weight disparity and the demands of entertainment, Exhibition Bouts are held, in which the contest is unscripted and hard fought, but the results do not count on a fighter's Official Record.
NC: Fight Declared No Contest

Fighter Bio


Joseph Jahanithin "Diesel" Riggs was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He dreamed of fighting in the UFC since he was 10 years old. He started fighting right after finishing high school, and decided to do it full-time after attending college for a year.

Joe has competed at weights ranging from Heavyweight down to Welterweight. A great deal of his career has been spent fighting in the UFC at MW and WW. Currently Riggs is signed to fight at MW in the Zuffa-owned WEC.

Joe started boxing as a child with his father. Although Riggs is right handed, he was encouraged by his boxing coach to fight southpaw, making his power hand his lead hand.

Joe began wrestling at Cactus high school in Glendale, AZ, following in the footsteps of his hero, Randy Couture, and became an All-American twice. Currently, Joe also holds a blue belt rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under a Second-Dan BJJ black belt, Gustavo Dantas.

Joe's strength training consists primarily of plyometrics. His weight training is geared to maintain his muscle mass, and consists of squats, deadlifts and cleans. Riggs does a lot of pushups and circuit training.

Riggs credits his success to his knockout power and athleticism. He says that his favorite technique is a right hook.