Matt Riddle and T.J. Waldburger are the latest edition to the upcoming UFC 124 card headed to Montreal, with the welterweights set to square off in an undercard fight on the upcoming show in Canada.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the negotiations, stating the fighters have verbally agreed to the bout. The fight was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
Many young fighters find their path to the UFC by way of the “Ultimate Fighter”, and Matt Riddle (5-1) is no exception. The only difference with Riddle is that he was going on the show with literally no professional fights on his record, but made an impact right away breaking the jaw of Dan Simmler to earn his way into the season 7 of the show.
Since that time, Riddle has dropped to the welterweight division and picked up a couple big wins of late, including a TKO stoppage over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alum DeMarques Johnson in his last fight.
While Riddle went the TUF route to make it to the UFC, T.J. Waldburger (13-5) took his licks fighting in regional shows, and traveling around to get the experience needed to finally land a fight in the Octagon.
The waiting and experience paid off as Waldburger handed David Terrell student David Mitchell the first loss of his career when the two met in September. Looking to build on that win, Waldburger will travel to Montreal next and face Riddle to try to go for his 5th win in a row overall.
The bout beween Riddle and Waldburger is expected to occupy a slot on the undercard to the show set to go down Dec 11 in Montreal.