As you probably know, UFC vet and former TUF competitor Matt Riddle retired from MMA this week, which surprised more than a few people considering he’s just 27. The welterweight revealed that he had to pull out of Bellator’s upcoming tournament due injury, but since the promotion can’t offer him a bout this year, he’s done fighting since “I can’t afford it.”
Then, in a follow up report with MMA Junkie, Riddle expanded on why he’s hanging up the gloves, and in the process, had some less than kind things to say about his former employers.
“You get hurt and can’t fight? Nobody cares,” Riddle added. “They just stomp on you. People get on their keyboards and talk s–t about you. Even if you’re in the top 10, top five in the world, people talk s–t about you. It’s a trash sport, people trash us all the time, we don’t get paid s–t and it’s like you lose one fight and people say you should quit fighting anyway. Why would I want to be a part of that? I’m tired of it.”
“I’m just tired of the unethical people, the scumbags, all that,” Riddle said. “Maybe that’s how all businesses are run, but in MMA I’ve been in the UFC, Legacy and Bellator. The UFC was the best, and even they didn’t treat you that well. It just gets sh–tier on the way down. I’d rather get a real job, do some [jiu-jitsu], get my black belt and compete in some tournaments. And maybe I will fight in a year or two. But right now I’m so fed up with the people that run this sport, I don’t want anything to do with it.”
So, not surprisingly, UFC boss man Dana White fired back at Riddle in a recent interview with “UFC Tonight”. White blasted Bellator for not booking Riddle another fight, since he believes it’s their obligation to do so, before taking aim at Riddle. White pointed to the fact that Riddle failed two post-fight drug tests with the UFC (for marijuana metabolites) and claimed “Deep Waters” was making over $150K per year. You can watch White’s response, which is pretty, pretty heated, below.