Matt Riddle Pulls Out of Friday’s Event, Bellator Sends Him Packing


Matt Riddle at UFC 143A welterweight feature fight between Matt Riddle and Nathan Coy has been removed from Friday’s Bellator 109 season-ending fight card. Not only is the fight off, so is Riddle’s Bellator tenure, which never actually began.

Friday’s fight was cancelled after Riddle pulled out of the bout. The promotion subsequently released Riddle from his contract.

“Originally scheduled to compete in the Season 9 Welterweight Tournament, Riddle suffered a rib injury and was removed from the tournament due to the injury. After withdrawing from the November 22nd fight, the promotion has decided to release Riddle,” read a statement from Bellator officials.

“Matt was a guy we had high hopes for coming into Bellator,” Bellator Director of Communications Anthony Mazzuca said. “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, Pennsylvania, and at that point we decided to release Matt from Bellator. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Riddle’s travels since being released by the UFC earlier this year have been rocky, at best.

Upon his Octagon exit, Riddle was quickly signed to Legacy Fighting Championship. Before he ever got a fight in with Legacy, Bellator moved in and negotiated a deal with Legacy to sign the embattled fighter.

Riddle had originally been scheduled to fight in this season’s Bellator welterweight tournament, but had to bow out due to a rib injury. He then inexplicably announced that he was going to retire.

Having a change of heart, Riddle did another 180 and was slated to fight at the season-closing event on Friday, but when he pulled out of that fight, Bellator officials apparently tired of dealing with his drama and cut their losses.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 43 views

Bellator returns with a new man in charge for Bellator 122 in what will serve as the first event of Scott Coker's tenure as the Viacom-owned promotion’s president. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 661 views

Bellator returned Friday for its latest “Summer Series” event, and Bellator 122 had no shortage of action.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Titan Fighting Championship lost half of its main event, but it had a backup plan. Matt Riddle, who submitted fellow UFC veteran Michael Kuiper in his promotional debut in February, was set to return read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 23 views

The Titan FC 29 main card airs on CBS Sports Network at 10 p.m. ET following live "Prelims" online at CBSSports.com. Exiled Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Matt Riddle, who joined T read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

The lineup is set for Friday’s Cage Warriors 71 event, which streams live and free on MMAjunkie with a headlining title fight.Filed under: Cage Warriors, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 6 views

Josh Copeland is looking to get away from being a local fighter with Friday's opportunity to win the RFA heavyweight championship and break onto the international scene. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 50 views

As a Russian fighter making his living in a foreign land, Andrey Koreshkov knows what to expect when he steps into the cage. And he’d like more of it, please.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 39 views

Bellator 122 fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can watch a live video stream and get official results beginning at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 16 views

SAN JOSE -- UFC welterweight Matt Brown discusses how his life has changed since defeating Erick Silva, how fans who he's helped inspire with his personal story mean a lot to him, where his UFC on FO read news >>