UFC vet Matt Riddle has likely shocked more than a few people by announcing that he’s hanging up the gloves at the age of 27. The welterweight will close out his career never having fought for any other organization except the UFC. That’s not a very common thing.
Riddle was scheduled to compete in the opening round of Bellator’s upcoming welterweight tournament, which kicks off on September 20th, but the TUF 7 vet has apparently cracked a rib and can’t fight. And as far as his retirement? Riddle posted the following statement on Twitter:
I'm retiring from MMA today, I cracked my rib and I can't fight sept 20th @BellatorMMA can't give me a fight this year so I can't afford it!
— matthew riddle (@riddletuf7) September 10, 2013
As of Tuesday AM, Bellator hasn’t made any official announcement regarding Riddle’s injury or his retirement. The welterweight was scheduled to fight Luis Melo Jr.
So, obviously this is a surprising turn of events, considering Riddle’s young age and the fact he carries a record of 7-3 with 2 no contests. In addition, Riddle is undefeated in his last four fights, but wins over Che Mills and Chris Clements were overturned and declared no contests, after the fighter tested positive for marijuana following the bouts. “Deep Waters” is licensed to use marijuana for medical purposes.
Following his bout with Che Mills this past February at UFC on FUEL TV 7, and his positive test, the UFC released Riddle. The welterweight made his UFC debut in 2008 at the TUF 7 Finale and scored a unanimous decision win over Dante Rivera.
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