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Bellator deepens middleweight pool with signing of Joe Riggs

Bellator Fighting Championships has added the talents of Joe “Diesel” Riggs to their Season 4 line-up after finalizing a deal with the 28-year old over the weekend. Riggs holds an overall record of 34-11 and possesses past victories over Chris Lytle, Kendall Grove, and Nick Diaz. Bellator Season 4 airs on MTV2 in March 2011.

News of Riggs’ signing was announced in an official press release.

“Joe is a battle-tested veteran who brings it in every fight. He is a great addition to our middleweight division, and I’m looking forward to seeing Joe in action during Season 4,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

Riggs also expressed excitement at the thought of mixing it up with the company’s ever-expanding group of 185-pounders, saying, “Bellator has a lot of well-rounded, talented guys in their middleweight division – guys like Bryan Baker, Eric Schambari, and of course the Middleweight Champion, Hector Lombard. There are some really good middleweights for me to test myself against, and it was one of the reasons I came to Bellator.”

“This is the healthiest and the happiest that I can ever remember being in my life,” he continued. “I’m in the prime of my life, I’m injury-free, and things have just really come together in my life. I just can’t wait to show everyone what I have.”

The UFC/Strikeforce veteran has emerged successful in six of his last seven fights including back-to-back bouts against Louis Taylor and Trent Thorne in his most recent appearances. Thirty-one of his thirty-four total wins have remarkably come by way of a finishing performance with almost a near-even split in method (15 submissions, 16 TKOs).


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