The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 cast clown, Matt Riddle (1-0), will meet up with Steve Bruno (12-4) inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 17 from the University of Southern Florida (USF) Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on February 7, 2009.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com reported the welterweight match up -- a first for Riddle -- earlier today.
Riddle — who on the show joked that he still lived with his mother, didn’t have a driver’s license and much more — is perhaps best known for shattering Dan Simmler’s jaw in the opening of the show, which coach Quinton "Rampage" Jackson quipped was the "Knockout of the Century."
He was bounced out of the tournament-style show courtesy of a Tim Credeur armbar. He rebounded to score a unanimous decsion win over Dante Rivera at the TUF 7 Finale back in June — the first of his professional fighting career.
Riddle now trains at Arizona Combat Sports alongside WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner, CB Dolloway, Ryan Bader and others, proving that he is serious about improving his mixed martial arts skills.
His opponent, Bruno -- the United States Navy veteran turned mixed martial artist -- scored his first win inside the Octagon against Johnny Rees via submission (rear naked choke) at UFC Fight Night 16: "Fight for the Troops" on December 1.
The American Top Team (ATT) member was overwhelmed by Chris Wilson at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in August 2008, dropping a lopsided unanimous decision.
UFC Fight Night 17 features a 155-pound match up between Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca. Fellow lightweights Mac Danzig and Josh Neer are also likely hook ‘em up in the co-featured fight of the night, provided Neer is in the clear following a recent arrest for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and other charges in Iowa.
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