Welterweight Matt Riddle has been released from his contract with Bellator MMA following his withdrawal from Bellator 109, which takes place this Friday in Bethlehem, PA.
Riddle was previously released from the UFC contract after failing two drug tests over the course of four fights, both of which were originally wins but were later overturned.
His release was determined after a series of withdrawals from upcoming fights.
Bellator’s Director of Public Relations Anthony Mazzuca released a statement in a recent press release:
“Matt was a guy we had high hopes for coming into Bellator. After Matt suffered his rib injury and withdrew from our tournament, we went back to the drawing board and got Matt another fight on November 22. Unfortunately, Matt very recently informed us he would not be fighting on November 22 from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and at that point we decided to release Matt from Bellator. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Fans may remember that just before his signing with Bellator, Riddle signed a deal with Texas-based promotion, Legacy Fighting Championships, but never competed under their banner.
He now returns to the free market at just 27-years-old and with plenty of baggage.