Bellator MMA Swoops in and Signs UFC Vet Matt Riddle in Deal with Legacy FC

May 18, 2013
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Matt Riddle at UFC 143Ultimate Fighter Season 7 alumnus Matt Riddle was recently released by the UFC, but immediately signed to fight for Legacy Fighting Championships.

Before he ever saw any action for Legacy, however, Bellator MMA swooped in and signed him away. sources confirmed the deal, which was initially reported by Inside MMA.

Riddle was initially expected to fight at Legacy FC 21 in July, but Bellator apparently made Legacy FC an offer they couldn’t refuse.

“It just made sense,” Legacy FC president Mick Maynard told on Saturday.

Before being released by the UFC, Riddle had spent his entire professional career in the Octagon.

Riddle made his way to the Octagon via season seven of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, fighting 12 times there. His record, however, stands at 7-3 due to two of his bouts being ruled no contests after Riddle tested positive for marijuana metabolites following both of them.

His most recent fight was initially a split decision victory over Che Mills at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Following his positive drug test results after that bout, it was changed to a no contest and Riddle was released from his UFC contract.

Bellator MMA has not yet confirmed the signing or revealed any details of when Riddle is expected to make his promotional debut.

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  • I respect Bellator and their fighters but I swear they said they didn’t want their organization to be known for picking up all the former UFC fighters. I could be mistaken.

    • Mike mckinney

      No, your not mistaken. I think they just meant the exspensive guys like rampage, but we will see.

      • In one way it’s kind of cool they are picking up some good fighters but at the same time they need to be cautious because once they pick up some wins again the UFC will grab them back up. Unless the fighter(s) have an issue with the UFC and would prefer to stay in Bellator. I would like to see Bellator continue to push their own fighters and promote their own talent and not grab guys cut by the UFC. The UFC does a great job of promoting their fighters and getting them that high level of exposure.

  • Damonmarcus

    Riddle will smoke himself out this gig too…Just a matter of time! The boy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed for sure.