Bellator Fighting Championships have today announced the signing of former UFC and Strikeforce veteran Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs.

The experienced middleweight fighter was recently released by Strikeforce despite having one six of his last seven fights, and will make a valuable addition to Bellator’s 185lb roster.

“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,” Riggs said in today’s press release from Bellator.  “There are some really good middleweights for me to test myself against, and it was one of the reasons I came to Bellator.”

Over the course of his nine year, 47 fight career Riggs has defeated a number of well known opponents including Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle and Kendall Grove.  At one stage he was set to face Matt Hughes for the welterweight title in the UFC but after failing to make weight and the fight was downgraded to non-title status.  He ended up losing by a first round Kimura.

The 28 year-old  will appear in Bellator’s fourth season which will air live on MTV2 starting in March.   The season is also expected to feature both a welterweight and a light-heavyweight tournament.

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