Bellator MMA Releases Matt Riddle

Written by Tom Ngo
November 19th, 2013

UFC Matt Riddle

These stoners are so unreliable… On Tuesday afternoon, Bellator MMA announced they have cut ties with habitual marijuana smoker Matt Riddle (pictured) just three days before the welterweight was to make his promotional debut.

Riddle was slated to fight Nathan Coy at Bellator 109, but recently notified the promotion he wouldn’t be able to answer the bell.

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

Bellator didn’t disclose why Riddle withdrew from the bout.

The dazed and confused 27-year-old signed with Bellator in May. Four months later Riddle announced his retirement from MMA, only to unretire shortly after.

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.

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.

Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania hosts Bellator 109. Spike TV broadcasts the main card.

Here is Friday’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:


Lester Caslow vs. Jay Haas

Brett Glass vs. Brent Primus

Bubba Jenkins vs. Ian Rammel

Ahsan Abdullah vs. Mike Bannon

Saul Almeida vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Keith Bell vs. Blagoi Ivanov

Main Card:

(Spike TV)

Terry Etim vs. Patrick Cenbole

Rick Hawn vs. Ron Keslar (Welterweight Tournament Finals)

Will Brooks vs. Tiger Sarnavskiy (Lightweight Tournament Finals)

Doug Marshall vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Bellator Middleweight Champion)

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