Riddle ‘pissed off’ about fighting in London ‘ploy’
You know, last time I went to England, a lot of factors played in. I got sick on the flight there, blah blah blah, got jet lag, got spit on … just not a good experience. This time around, things are looking better. I’m already on weight, I’m in great shape, and I got the flu two weeks ago, which also helped me get my weight down. Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, I feel pretty good and I feel confident.
I would have to say it’s hostile territory, especially for a guy like me. They don’t like me, especially after that one press conference, they really don’t like me. When Joe Silva called me up and asked me to fight Che Mills in London, honestly, I said, ‘I don’t want to go back to England unless I fight Dan Hardy.’ He said he would give me Dan Hardy if I beat Che Mills in London, so I agreed to take this fight. On the other hand, I see that Dan Hardy is fighting Matt Brown like a month and a half after I’m fighting Che Mills, and there’s no way he’ll take a fight with me after that. I think it was just a ploy to make me sign a contract and get back to England so I can get spit on again, so I’m a little pissed off [laughs].
Me and Joe (Silva) have a great relationship. I don’t have a manager, so me and Joe talk directly. We never have disagreements or anything, so when he said he really wanted me to fight in London, I told him what happened the last time. People spit on me, they called me nasty names, the water sucks, the food is horrible, I just don’t want to go. He said, ‘OK, Matt, what can I do to make you go?’ I was like, ‘Give me Dan Hardy and I will do it.’ He said ‘OK’, and that was that. Thing is, I know Matt Brown is gonna knock Dan out, so why would I even want to fight him after that fight, anyway? It was kind of a slap in my face. Maybe he doesn’t see it that way, but that’s how I look at it. Obviously we’ll still do business together, but I guess the point of all this is that I’m hurt by it. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hurt.
I was a little upset when I saw that they had signed the other contract, especially the time. If it was like the week before or after my fight, I wouldn’t care, but it’s almost two months after I fight, which means Dan isn’t gonna want to train for another fight for another four months, even if he does win. I’m just gonna have to fight somebody else in the meantime, after I beat Che Mills.