Round 1: Referee Herb Dean calls for the fight to start and they touch gloves. Martinez misses with a winging left hand. Riddle lands a jab. Martinez lands a right hand counter. Riddle moves in with a kick to the body. Martinez lands a left leg kick. Martinez effectively counter striking in the early going. Riddle moves in with a combination and gets hit with one. Martinez lands a right hand. Riddle has a small cut under his eye. Martinez lands an outside leg kick. Riddle rushes in and misses with a combination. Martinez lands a right hand counter. Riddle lands a right hand. Martinez makes Riddle miss and lands a counter right hand. Riddle’s face is showing the damage. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Martinez.
Round 2: Riddle’s corner advises him to press Martinez against the cage. Martinez’ corner tells him to be aware that Riddle might look for a takedown. They touch gloves and the second round is underway. Martinez lands an outside leg kick. Riddle looked for a takedown but Martinez fends it off. Riddle lands an outside leg kick. Martinez lands a counter right hand. Every time Riddle moves in, Martinez makes him pay with punches to the face. The pace slows a a bit with three minutes remaining in the round. Martinez is having his way on their feet. Riddle moves in with a leg kick and eats a huge combination counter. Martinez makes Riddle miss and lands punches. Riddle lands a solid kick to the body. Riddle with another kick to the body but Martinez delivers a left hand down the middle. Riddle’s kicks are beginning to land to the body. Riddle’s punches begin to find their mark. He flurries at the end of the round, possibly stealing it. MMAWeekly.com scores the round Martinez.
The judges score the fight for Matt Riddle by split decision. The scorecards read: 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.