Joe “Diesel” Riggs came to Russia in 2017 to make his M-1 Challenge debut.
Back then he was already 34 and he already had a huge experience in MMA, the one that most of the fighters wouldn’t have that much experience even in 50 years. 12 times Joe stepped into the Octagon in UFC, he also fought in all the top American MMA promotions. He has the victories against Nick Diaz, Phil Baroni, Chris Lytle and even Herb Dean who is much better known as one of the best referees in the world. Riggs was in the official TOP-5 rankings in the world, he won in the first season of Bellator reality show and he was Strikeforce and WEC champion.
It’s easy to understand why the best MMA leagues were eager to sign Joe: only 7 of his 60 pro fights went to the judge decisions. Riggs is a true warrior who had no mercy to opponents nor even to himself.
His opponent was the member of Fedor Team. Dmitry Samoilov had 11 year professional MMA experience. He participated in Bodog tournaments, he won in the first Battle on Neva tournament, he won the first world team MMA championship in M-1 as the member of Red Devil team in 2008 and was the finalist of the national team MMA championship in 2009.
Also Dmitry was very successful in combat sambo. He was the national champion, bronze medalist of the European champion and two-time world champion in combat sambo, so eventually he got the title of international master of sport in combat sambo.