Matthew Riddle may have announced in a recent interview that he smokes an eighth (3.5 grams) of weed a day, but that does not mean that he cannot make valid points. Whether it is bitterness or actual sincerity, Riddle had some strong opinions about his release and former employers.
“Look at guys like Dave Herman. Three-fight losing streak, gets knocked out like three times in a row and fails two drug tests for weed and he is still in the UFC… I think that is very hypocritical and those are politics right there, that’s not good business.”
Riddle points to his change in style as another reason for his release. His first fight that was overturned due to marijuana was against Chris Clements, and it was very entertaining when it finished with a standing arm-triangle in the third round. In fact, that submission earned him a fight night bonus. In his last two bouts, he had a more reserved style where he would take fighters down to the ground and hold them there.
“That’s guys getting together having a little pow-wow and saying, ‘Let’s get rid of Riddle. He’s fighting more conservative, he’s going out there for wins and he’s fighting more educated.’ I was kind of getting paid more, everything was coming into play, I was hitting my stride and I think they were just looking for a way to get rid of me.”
Do not think that his release will change his mind on how he is currently fighting, because Riddle believes his new style will lead to even more wins. Even if the UFC calls to re-sign him after a few wins, he would most likely turn down the offer. Riddle does see a pattern in all the recent cuts the UFC has made.
“They are firing high-level talent so they can have lower-level talent to just scrap. They would rather have a brawl than a good technical fight… [Fans] don’t want to see a slugfest and two retarded guys with brain damage bleeding everywhere.”