UFC veteran Matt Riddle will not compete at a Legacy FC event in July as scheduled, as the 27 year-old’s contract with the promotion has reportedly been bought out by Bellator.
AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” tweeted late Friday that “Matt Riddle is leaving @legacyfighting for @BellatorMMA details of contracts are being hammered out.” In a follow up report from MMA Junkie.com, Legacy FC Mick Maynard confirmed that Bellator offered “a deal I couldn’t refuse.”
Riddle was let go by the UFC recently, after he tested positive for marijuana, following his split decision win over Che Mills at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February. Riddle also reportedly tested positive for marijuana after he defeated Chris Clements at UFC 149 last July. In both instances the wins were overturned and declared no-contests. The welterweight is licensed to use marijuana for medical purposes in the state of Nevada.
Riddle has competed for the UFC exclusively since he competed in the seventh season of TUF and has put together a record of 7-3 (with 2 NC). “Deep Waters” was scheduled to fight Artenas Young at the upcoming, July 19th Legacy FC in Houston.
Bellator has not made any official announcement regarding the reported deal, but considering Riddle’s personality and abilities, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the promotion add him to their roster.