Yesterday, pro MMA welterweight Matt Riddle announced his retiring from the sport. The news broke out from Matt via social media (facebook, and twitter).
According to Riddle, he had cracked a rib in which was not enabling him to compete in his scheduled bout for September 20, 1013 at Bellator 100. Riddle also goes on to say that his bills are not getting paid while waiting to re-enter another tournament later down the road.
“I’m retiring from MMA today cracked my rib and can’t fight Sept 20, 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”
Matthew was one of the very few guys to ever debut in the UFC as well as going through the TUF house in order to do so. Holding a (7-3) (2) record and having been caught with marijuana in his system twice in his last three outings for the UFC, he was let go by the organization before he was almost instantly picked up by LFC.
Even though signed to LFC, Riddle had abandoned the deal to start fresh in what many consider the number two mma company in the world, Bellator Fighting Championships (BFC).
Scheduled to enter the season eight welterweight tournament along with fellow former UFC competitor War Machine, this was supposed to be a big event for Bellator President Bjorn Rebney, and the Bellator organization as a whole.
Note able wins over Damarques Johnson, Henry Martinez, his two NC performances after testing positive for marijuana, and his time on TUF including one of the most devastating KO’s in Ultimate Fighter history, he will always be remembered.
Currently there has been no update on behalf Bellator, on who might replace Riddle in the tournament.