matthew-riddle-15.jpgBellator today announced the release of Matt Riddle from the promotion following his withdrawal from the organization’s next event.

MMAjunkie could not reach Riddle for comment on his release, and a Bellator official declined to identify the reason for the welterweight’s scratch from Friday’s Bellator 109.

“That’s something you’re going to have to talk to Matt about,” Anthony Mazzuca, Bellator’s Director of Communications, told MMAjunkie.

Greg Sirb, who heads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission overseeing  the event, said Riddle didn’t complete medical paperwork required to get a fight license.

Before his withdrawal, Riddle was scheduled to face Nathan Coy on the event’s main card before a hometown crowd at Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa., which is a short drive from his birthplace of Allentown, Pa.

Coy will now be rescheduled for a later event, Mazzuca said. Bellator 109's main card airs live on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

Riddle, 27, announced his retirement shortly after a cracked rib forced him to withdraw from Bellator’s Season 9 welterweight tournament. Three weeks later, he changed his mind and agreed to fight at Bellator 109.

Riddle told MMAjunkie he called it quits when Bellator couldn’t immediately guarantee him a fight later in the season, but was convinced to return when the promotion advanced him money and booked him for the November event.

Now, the fighter goes back to the drawing board.

“Matt was a guy we had high hopes for coming into Bellator,” Mazzuca stated in a prepared statement. “After Matt suffered his rib injury and withdrew from our tournament, we went back to the drawing board and got Matt another fight on November 22nd. Unfortunately, Matt very recently informed us he would not be fighting on November 22nd from Bethlehem, and at that point we decided to release Matt from Bellator. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” Riddle fought his entire career in the UFC and earned a record of 7-3 with two no-contests, both of which stemmed from testing positive for marijuana. After testing positive for the drug following his unanimous decision over Che Mills in February at UFC on FUEL TV 7, the UFC released him from his contract.

Riddle defended his use of marijuana and revealed that he is a licensed medical marijuana patient in Nevada.

For more on Bellator 109, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Updated at 12:28 ET to include comments from PSAC Executive Director Greg Sirb. 

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Julianna Pena cleared to resume UFC career following assault allegations

  • 27 days ago
  • 14 views

The UFC today announced it has completed an investigation into allegations of assault by women’s bantamweight Julianna Pena and reinstated “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner, freeing her to resume her read news >>

UFC Statement on BJ Penn

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC announced today that former UFC champion BJ Penn will return to competition on June 4 at UFC 199 against Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout. read news >>

Bellator 158 press conference highlights: Daley and Koscheck are ready to go again

  • 13 days ago
  • 38 views

LONDON – Bellator was in London today to formally announce Bellator 158 and the featured rematches of James Thompson against Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Paul Daley against Josh Koscheck.Filed un read news >>

UFC Emoji keyboard debuts with UFC 197

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC today announced the launch of its first-ever emoji keyboard, presented by MetroPCS. This keyboard debuts in conjunction with UFC 197: JONES vs. SAINT PREUX on Saturday, April 23 at the MGM Grand read news >>

Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson 2 Announced for Bellator 158: Comments, Reaction

  • 14 days ago
  • 60 views

For the first time in eight years, Kimbo Slice and James Thompson will throw down in the Octagon. On Sunday, Bellator President Scott Coker announced on SportsCenter that Slice-Thompson II will take read news >>

UFC and Wrestling Canada Lutte Announce Partnership

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC® today announced a new partnership agreement with Wrestling Canada Lutte to actively promote amateur and Olympic wrestling throughout Canada. read news >>

RIZIN FF Announces Wanderlei Silva’s Tag Team Partner

  • 27 days ago
  • 23 views

RIZIN FF announced today that MMA pioneer and former professional wrestling standout Kiyoshi Tamura will join forces with Wanderlei Silva in the special grappling tag team matchup. read news >>

UFC Releases Statement, Investigation Into Julianna Pena’s December Arrest Complete

  • 27 days ago
  • 60 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship's investigation into fifth-ranked women's bantamweight contender Julianna Pena's December arrest for assault is complete. read news >>

Anastasia Yankova on how she got started fighting and found her way to Bellator

  • 27 days ago
  • 27 views

Recent Bellator signee Anastasia Yankova remembers watching Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fight and thinking they were superhuman.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Ulka Sasaki Replaces Retired Paddy Holohan at UFC Fight Night 87

  • 2 days ago
  • 12 views

Friday evening, the UFC announced that Japan's Ulka Sasaki will step in as Paddy Holohan's replacement against Willie Gates at UFC Fight Night 87. read news >>