A rib injury has forced Matt Riddle out of his Bellator debut later this month in the quarter-finals of the promotion’s latest welterweight tournament.
Not only that, but due to Bellator’s inability to schedule him another fight in the near future he’s now declared that he’s going to have to retire at the age of 27.
“I’m retiring from MMA today, I cracked my rib and I can’t fight sept 20th @BellatorMMA can’t give me a fight this year so I can’t afford it!” Riddle wrote on Twitter.
All in all it’s not been a good year for Riddle. He started it still fighting in the UFC and picked up a win over Che Mills, but then saw that turned to a no-contest after he tested positive for marijuana.
This was the second time in the space of a year that Riddle had been caught using marijuana and resulted in the UFC releasing him. He then burned his bridges entirely with the promotion by verbally attacking Dana White in an interview, calling him “uneducated” and “a juice monkey,” while also declaring that he intended to now go on a long winning streak and then when the UFC came calling again he’d turn them down.
It’s fair to say that wasn’t the smartest move and a consistent series of mis-steps has lead him to the point where he now finds himself in a very awkward spot indeed.
Riddle’s not the first fighter to find themselves struggling to make ends meet in the Bellator promotion. Even the promotion’s middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko confessed last week that he was struggling financially due to the fact that as the title holder he’s only getting to fight a couple of times a year at most.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Riddle goes back on his decision to retire, ideally with Bellator finding some way to get him a fight. It’d be worth their while to do so as while his antics outside of the cage leave a lot to be desired, inside of it he is a worthy competitor.