by Matt Riddle – special to MMAWeekly.com

I was sick last week, but you guys probably didn’t even
notice.  I have been getting ready
for my fight at UFC 91.  I am
pretty much a hardcore fan of the sport and I was planning on attending that
fight before I found out I was a part of it.  I doubt you will hear many fighters tell you they are stoked
to be on the preliminary card, but for me I get to fight (which I love) and I
get to watch the return of Randy Couture. 
It is pretty sweet.


I finally have my permit and my manager has me driving
around in his $100,000 SUV.  First
of all, who pays $100,000 for a gas-guzzler and then lends me of all people the
SUV? He lent it to me because it has back-up cameras so I can practice parking
and things like that.  He doesn’t
realize that I want to try to drive backwards using only the camera to guide
me.  He has a few cars and when he
said he was going to lend me one to practice I was thinking he had some beat up

hooptie that he was saving for his kids.  I wonder if he is having financial
problems because when I “tried” to leave his driveway he told me how much it
cost and that if I wreck it make sure I totaled the thing.


My training right now is pretty tough.  We have like three guys besides me
fighting in early November and they are all in my weight range, so the Lally’s
have been really giving us a go. 
In the morning I will do Gustavo Dantes BJJ class, then we have Aaron
Simpson’s wrestling class for about an hour and a half.  Then I will usually go for a run or
something like that.  Then back to
the gym at five for advanced kickboxing and professional sparring.  We pretty much always have a full gym
of top-level guys.  Carlos Condit
has been here for a few weeks; Varner is always in the gym along with Steinbeiss and Simpson. We have tough SOB’s

going all the time.


My fight is at 170 so I am working hard on my diet and I
have already made the cut to 173 without dying so I am confident I can get
there.  The crazy thing is I feel
stronger and more powerful the more I cut.  My hand speed is increasing and my footwork is
improving.  Maybe I am indeed a 170
pounder.  I intend to show Dana White
and Joe Silva that I belong in the UFC and I can put on exciting fights.


As for the show, I was going to start cutting down to 155
just so I could beat Junie senseless. 
After reading Ryan Bader’s blog I realized that Junie might be heading
to 170 with Haagen-Dazs as the main sponsor.  That and I promised my Mom I would never pick on children
with special needs are the only reasons I have not flown out to Kentucky to
smash him.  I thought it would be
impossible to have someone who is a bigger loser then Jeremy May on the show
and they proved me wrong.


To Rolando, first of all having a name like Roli or Rolando and being a small guy, a guy like you deserves
a black belt.  I mean you had to
get picked on by all kids of guys like Mir and Junie as you were growing
up.  Had you came to my gym, we would of let you teach us.  You may not be Donald Trump, but you showed a ton of heart
and self-control.  That little punk
Junie tries to call Rolando a loser and saying the round wont go past the first.  You showed that little bastard what
heart and determination are all about.


Junie does his best impression of Jake LaMotta
meets Jim Carey and allows Rolando to stay in the fight and take this thing to
a split decision.  Junie showed he
has a quitter’s heart and the inability to back up the trash talk.  He is living proof that a bunch of
tattoos, living in a trailer park, and having a bad attitude does not make you
TUF or tough.  My guess is Junie
will not make it past the semi-final round.  He will be brought back for the finale and lose or not make
weight.  If he wins the show, I am
going to go join Juanito Ibarra in obscurity (if he will have me) and retire.


I am not sure if you knew this or not, but at the pre-fight
picks Junie throws a black belt on the ground and spits towards it.  After that happened, Anderson Silva had
to leave the training center to compose himself.  He felt totally disrespected and according to Bader he was
visibly upset and had he not been on TV that likely would of went down a
different way.


That’s about it for me this week.  I am back in the gym and doing all I can to be 100% for this
fight.  I want to thank all of my
fans and the supporters I really appreciate it.  My management company has built a little social networking
site for us fighters to interact with fans.  We will be releasing our upcoming fights and giving away
fight used memorabilia to the fans. 

It’s a cool site and I could use some comments on my page.  Visit www.lgfighter.com and look
for the handsome guy with the infectious smile.


Matthew Riddle is a UFC fighter who will join
MMAWeekly.com each week to give his recap of the latest episode of the
"Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV. 
For more info about Matt check out LG Sports Marketing.