Joe Riggs, the recent – and only to date – winner of the Bellator and Spike TV reality series “Fight Master,” wil return to the UFC later this year.
According to a report by Combate, Riggs will replace Mike Rhodes and face Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 in Brazil. The event is set for September 13 with a main event between Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski.
Riggs (40-14) went 4-4 during a previous run with the UFC that ended in 2006 when he lost via first round knockout to Diego Sanchez. He owns Octagon wins over Nick Diaz and Chris Lytle, while falling via submission to Matt Hughes. He has won six straight and eight of his last 10 overall.
Thiago (15-7) survived a four-fight losing skid to sign a new deal recently with the UFC. He is 5-7 in 12 all-time Octagon appearances.
Below is the current lineup:
Heavyweight: Antonio Silva vs. Andrei Arlovski
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Lukas Sajweski
Welterweight: Sergio Moraes vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Joe Riggs
Welterweight: George Sullivan vs. Igor Araujo
Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Valerie Letourneau