Matt Riddle Joins Bellator Welterweight Tournament in Fall

Written by Tom Ngo
May 20th, 2013

UFC Matt Riddle

Well, Matt Riddle’s (pictured) tenure with Legacy Fighting Championship was certainly short-lived. Two months after the promotion announced Riddle’s signing, the former UFC welterweight has now joined Bellator MMA.

Over the weekend, it was reported by AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” that Bellator bought out Riddle’s contract from Legacy. The Viacom-backed promotion confirmed the news Monday.

Riddle will be one of eight contestants competing in Bellator’s Welterweight Tournament this fall.

“I had so many options after I left the UFC, but knowing that I was able to compete in a tournament against guys like Paul Daley, Ben Saunders, and Douglas Lima, signing with Bellator was an easy decision,” Riddle said. “This division is just so stacked, and being able to fight in a tournament makes it even better. Bellator is doing a lot of great things right now, and I want to be a part of it.”

Riddle was fired from the UFC in February after flunking two of his last three drug tests with the organization courtesy of marijuana. The 27-year-old originally won both of those bouts, but they were subsequently overturned to a no contest after his failed urinalysis came to light.

Riddle should now be free and clear to continue his blunt smoking ways. According to Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren, Bellator barely ever conducts drug tests.

Riddle added, “I want to win the next Bellator Welterweight Tournament, get my shot at the title and take my beautiful wife to the MTV Awards and meet Snoop Dogg. I’ve seen all the pictures of Bellator guys walking red carpets and it’s something I want to earn and be able to do. What could be better than that?”


“Deep Water” holds a 7-3 (2 NC) professional record. All of his scraps have taken place inside the Octagon after graduating from “The Ultimate Fighter 7″ in June 2008.

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