After nearly five years with the UFC, “The Ultimate Fighter 7? cast member Matt Riddle (8-3) has found a new home.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the fighter that he has a signed a multi-fight deal with the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship.
Riddle’s debut for the promotion, which features fights broadcast on AXS TV, has yet to be announced.
Riddle fought most recently in February, where he earned a split-decision win over Che Mills. It was a controversial nod in that many, including UFC President Dana White, believed he had cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Afterward, Riddle (who is a licensed medical marijuana user in Nevada) tested positive for marijuana metabolites. It was his second such result, and the UFC elected to release him from his contract.
Riddle’s Legacy FC debut will mark his first professional fight outside of the octagon. A rarity in the UFC that is no longer possible due to a change in “The Ultimate Fighter” requirements, Riddle came to the show with no professional experience. “Deep Waters” went on to fight 12 times in the octagons and had won four-straight fights before his release, though two were overturned to a “no contest” result following the failed tests.
Legacy FC’s next event, Legacy FC 19, takes place April 12 at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.
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(Pictured: Matt Riddle)