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Bellator: Matt Riddle Announces His Retirement Following a Rib Injury

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Matt Riddle recently dropped out of his planned Bellator debut match up, citing a rib injury. Riddle has been previously paired with Luis Melo Jr. in the quarter finals of the promotion’s welterweight tournament.

Sadly, Riddle has now decided to retire, being unable to pay the bills while he waits for another fight to emerge.

“I’m retiring from MMA today,” Riddle wrote on Facebook. “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 made his MMA debut on The Ultimate Fighter 7, knocking out Dan Simmler in just nine seconds to earn his spot in the house. He lost his next fight on the show, but was able to make his professional debut at the season finale, besting Dante Rivera. Despite compiling a 7-3 record, all in the UFC, he was let go after his second failed drug test for marijuana, ultimately giving up a very promising MMA career for his love of pot.