Matt Riddle retires

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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.