Bellator has added another UFC vet to its roster, as it has reportedly acquired Matt Riddle from Legacy FC, who was expected to fight Artenas Young at the promotion’s July 19th event in Houston, Texas.
AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” was the first to report that Riddle was Bellator bound, and MMA Junkie.com confirmed with Legacy FC promoter Mick Maynard that the former had offered him “a deal I couldn’t refuse.”
Riddle was released by the UFC after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites, following his decision win over Che Mills at UFC on FUELT TV 7 in February. The bout was overturned and declared a no-contest.
Riddle also reportedly tested positive for marijuana after fighting Chris Clements at UFC 149 last July. The fighter is cleared to use marijuana for medical purposes in the state of Nevada.
The 27 year-old-welterweight has only fought for the UFC to date, as after competing in the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Riddle went on to score a 7-3 (2 NC) record in the Octagon.
Bellator has not made any announcement regarding the reported acquisition.
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