According to a report on, Joe Riggs will finally make his long awaited return to the octagon against fellow welterweight Ben Saunders at UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix.

Riggs (40-14), currently riding a six fight win streak, has not competed under the UFC banners since suffering a first round knockout loss to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 7 back in 2006. Since then ‘Diesel’ has bounced around between several promotions, including both Strikeforce and Bellator, compiling a record of 15-6.  He was originally scheduled to make his promotional return at UFC Fight Night 51 against Paulo Thiago. However, Riggs accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning his pistol at home, which forced him out of the bout.

Saunders (17-6-2), another former Bellator fighter, is coming off an incredible submission victory over Chris Heatherly at UFC Fight Night 49, where fans saw him lock on the first ever Omoplata in UFC history. Prior to this win ‘Killa B’ suffered a second round head kick knockout against current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 100.

UFC on FOX 13 is currently scheduled to take place on Dec. 13 at US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. A heavyweight matchup between former champion Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic is set to headline the event.

Here’s how the UFC on FOX 13 card is shaping up:Junior dos Santos (16-3) vs. Stipe Miocic (12-1)

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