24 Jul Joe Riggs To Face Paulo Thiago At UFC Fight Night 51
Riggs (40-14 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has been sent in to replace injured Mike Rhodes (6-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to meet welterweight Paulo Thiago (15-7 MMA, 5-7 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 51.
Originally sourced by Combate.com although the UFC is still to confirm this replacement.
UFC Fight Night 51, which features a headlining rematch between heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Antonio Silva, takes place Sept. 13 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
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Riggs, who’s racked up 55 pro fights in 13 years despite being just 31 years old, returns to the UFC for the first time since 2006. He carries with him a six-fight winning streak, which included a recent Bellator 106 win over Mike Bronzoulis to win the first season of “Fight Master.” A veteran of organizations such as the UFC, Bellator, WEC and Strikeforce, he owns 36 stoppages (20 knockouts and 16 submissions) in 40 career wins.
“Diesel” meets a fighter in desperate need of a victory. Thiago, a 33-year-old Brazilian who fights in his home country for the fourth consecutive time, has lost two straight and four of his past five, all in the UFC. Overall, he’s just 2-6 since some early UFC success against the likes of Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick.
The latest UFC Fight Night 51 card now includes:
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva
- Lukasz Sajewski vs. Leonardo Santos
- Sergio Moraes vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
- Joe Riggs vs. Paulo Thiago
- Igor Araujo vs. George Sullivan
- Jessica Andrade vs. Valerie Letourneau
- Efrain Escudero vs. Francisco Trinaldo
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