Matt Riddle Announces Retirement From MMA

Written by Tom Ngo
September 9th, 2013

UFC Matt Riddle

Former UFC fighter Matt Riddle (pictured) is officially none-and-done with Bellator MMA. The controversial welterweight abruptly announced his retirement from mixed martial arts Monday night after suffering an injury.

Riddle needs money and the 27-year-old says it’s time to get a 9-5 job.

“I’m retiring from MMA today, I cracked my rib and I can’t fight sept 20th @BellatorMMA can’t give me a fight this year so I can’t afford it!” Riddle tweeted tonight.

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

He then signed with Legacy Fighting Championship, but never fought for them after having his contract bought out by Bellator two months later.

Riddle was slated to make his promotional debut against Luis Melo on September 20 in the opening round of Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Bellator has yet to address Riddel’s retirement.

The wrestler 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.

It will be interesting what kind of regular job Riddle lands, as most high-paying gigs require candidates to submit clean drug exams.

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