Matthew Riddle may have just set the record for the shortest retirement in MMA. He announced the end of his professional career less than a month ago, and he’s already gearing up for a comeback.
Riddle’s retirement announcement was sparked after he learned that Bellator would not be able to give him a fight until 2014. He decided that mounting injuries and a lack of income made a career outside of MMA much more attractive.
It seems you can’t take the fight out of a fighter though, and in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, he revealed that he wants back in.
“It’s water under the bridge, and we’re ready to move forward to greener pastures,” Riddle said. “They just want me to fight forward and do work for them, and they’re willing to help me in any way that they can. And you can’t ask for much more from a company. At the end of the day, they treated me right and I’m happy.”
“Honestly, I was pissed,” he added. “So I was like, ‘If I can’t fight, I’m going to retire.’ I basically threw a hissy fit and retired. [But Bellator] called me up and said, ‘Bro, we didn’t realize your situation.’ They gave me an advance, they gave me money and the fight in the November, and they’ve already got me scheduled for the tournament in January or February.
“So they’re doing everything in their power to help me out. Unfortunately, I kind of hopped off the handle right off the bat. I had a cracked rib, I hadn’t fought in six months, and I’m broke. But they took care of me and hooked me up and I couldn’t be happier.”
“I think they’re going to keep me a lot more active in the future.”
Matthew Riddle began his MMA career on The Ultimate Fighter 7, defeating Dante Rivera to become the season’s champion.
He last fought in the UFC earlier this year, a No Contest against Che Mills in February. Despite winning the fight via split decision, Riddle’s victory was overturned after he tested positive for marijuana. This being the second infraction in less than a year, the UFC decided to let him go, and he was hired by Bellator soon after.
He currently holds a 7-3-2 record.