The strange saga of Matt Riddle took yet another unexpected turn late Monday as the current Bellator MMA welterweight announced his retirement from MMA. The announcement comes after Riddle injured his ribs and was forced from the upcoming welterweight tournament. Riddle announced his retirement via Facebook.
I’m retiring from MMA today cracked my rib and can’t fight sept 20, Bellator said they can’t find me a fight till the next tournament and I can’t afford not fighting that long and need a job, sorry if I let anyone down but it isn’t paying the bills.
Riddle has not fought being released from the UFC following his second violation of the company’s drug policy in his last three fights. Riddle originally signed with Legacy FC before moving to Bellator MMA before ever stepping in the cage.
Bellator MMA officials have yet to confirm the news but will likely do so soon. While it has been fashionable to pile onto the promotion lately, this situation seems a bit out of their control given the usual recovery time from broken ribs and their current fall schedule.
Bellator MMA is planning for another welterweight tournament beginning in the promotion’s Season 10 run this January. Given the fact that Riddle would still be under contract in retirement, he could return if retirement proves to not be the fighters thing.
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