Matt Riddle retires

 

Matt Riddle's long, strange trip through mixed martial arts may be at an end.

"I'm retiring from MMA today cracked my rib and can't fight sept 20," said Riddle via Facebook. "Bellator said they can't find me a fight till the next tournament and I can't afford not fighting that long and need a job, sorry if I let anyone down but it isn't paying the bills."

Riddle's professional MMA debut was in the UFC, a brutal, jaw breaking knockout of Dan Simmler in elimination round of The Ultimate Fighter 7. Riddle went to go a very respectable 7-3, with two No Contests. The NCs were due to positive tests for marijuana; Riddle had a medical marijauna card, but still ran afoul of regulations prohibiting the use of the drug.

Following his second positive test in Feb, Riddle was released by the UFC, and was signed by Legacy FC. Bellator bought out his contract, and scheduled him in an upcoming welterweight tournament, but with the injury kept him out of it. The next Bellator tournament is in Jan, but Riddle apparently could not wait, and no singles fights were available, so he is done.

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john_d1974 site profile image  

9/12/13 3:19 AM by john_d1974

fighter really do get paid peanuts then...................................................

RocketsRedglare site profile image  

9/11/13 6:26 PM by RocketsRedglare

According to Meltzer anyway, he made over $150,000 in 17 months, and it could have been $250,000.

Frames4Life site profile image  

9/11/13 5:52 PM by Frames4Life

LMAO Stop it.

wasssp site profile image  

9/11/13 5:38 PM by wasssp

john_d1974 -  no great loss, remember we're talkng about a man who needs weed to stop him from beating his kids.Really? We're also "talking about a man" who recognized his shortcomings and did what he needed to do to protect his family, to keep his wife and kids safe. And he was honest about it.And it cost him his UFC career.I say that it is a great loss. I say it's a huge loss.

luctaro site profile image  

9/11/13 5:55 AM by luctaro

"Instead of asking for random internet people to consider them, he really should have thought about those three kids when he decided to smoke pot multiple times"Yeah actually him smoking pot was a benefit to his kids according to him.

john_d1974 site profile image  

9/11/13 4:40 AM by john_d1974

no great loss, remember we're talkng about a man who needs weed to stop him from beating his kids.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

9/10/13 10:48 PM by time traveling 12er

What difference does it make to me if he has three kids or if I'm a fighter? Instead of asking for random internet people to consider them, he really should have thought about those three kids when he decided to smoke pot multiple times before fights and before he talked his way out of a job. He has a right to complain yes, but his employers also have the right to let him go. He's not guaranteed a job because he's entertaining to watch. No one owes him a job. He really did have an impressive rise considering where he started but he also clearly overestimated his value to his industry and now finds himself possibly changing careers. I can't blame the sport for that when the reality was there for everyone to see.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

9/10/13 10:22 PM by duckhuntgangsta

In all due respect you're not a professional fighter with three kids who everyone knows; takes a beating for living but can't afford to pay his bills. Matt has a right to complain if he wants to. The truth is we love it because it gives us more insights to the struggles of a professional fighter who isn't a champion. Matt doesn't get paid to train and Bellator probably isn't paying his medical bills. I can't blame the guy for being disenchanted with the sport. It's amazing what he's done considering his first fight was in the UFC.

RollHighAllDay site profile image  

9/10/13 9:01 PM by RollHighAllDay

wanted to be a full-time UFC fighter, but I got high...