Former UFC fighter Matt Riddle has officially signed with Bellator MMA, and will compete in the upcoming welterweight tournament this fall.
Riddle was released from the UFC following a failed post-fight drug test. He had a win – what would have been his fourth in a row – over Che Mills changed to a no-contest after failing the post-fight drug test.
“I had so many options after I left the UFC, but knowing that I was able to compete in a tournament against guys like Paul Daley, Ben Saunders, and Douglas Lima, signing with Bellator was an easy decision,” Riddle said. “This division is just so stacked, and being able to fight in a tournament makes it even better. Bellator is doing a lot of great things right now, and I want to be a part of it.”
Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO and chairman, added “Matt’s got all the tools to be a force in our welterweight division. When I saw Matt get released from the UFC coming off 4 straight wins including his dominant win over Mills in February, we took notice. We both realize that Matt will have a target on his back for his past indiscretions. But having discussed it with him, I’m comfortable that he’s in the right place to enter the Bellator cage this fall in what will be the most loaded Bellator Welterweight Tournament in the promotions history.”
Riddle is an interesting name for Bellator to use, as his UFC-following was noticeably strong. He had previously been linked to Legacy FC immediately after his UFC release.