Photo of Matt Riddle by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
The UFC 149: "Faber vs. Barao" main card on pay-per-view (PPV) kicked off tonight (Sat., July 21, 2012) from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with a welterweight battle pitting the wild and wacky Matt Riddle against Chris Clements.
This bout started as Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama but a series of injuries left us with Riddle vs. Clements. The only important information anyone needed to know coming in to this one was it was a replacement fight and with Riddle involved, it would likely result in STAND-N-BANG and a happy crowd.
It didn't happen that way. Not really.
Riddle opted on a grappling heavy game plan with multiple trip takedowns that scored him both the first and second rounds. He didn't let off the gas in the third, though, and that led to his earning an arm triangle submission win.
Surprisingly enough, Riddle came out and used a trip to earn a takedown in the opening moments of the fight, something he essentially promised he wouldn't do. They got back up and did some banging but Riddle again used a trip to earn a takedown later on.
He also took Clements back, so the first was clearly in Riddle's favor.
The second round saw more of the same, as Clements found himself once again with Riddle on his back and defending a rear-naked choke. Riddle locked in the body triangle and with three minutes to go in the round, Clements was in deep trouble.
Clements made it out of the round, and even came back to finish on top, but he was down on the scorecards and went into the final frame needing a finish.
He worked hard to get one, too, coming out banging with body punches and combinations to the head. Riddle weathered the storm, however, and clinched up against the cage to buy himself some time.
Not long after, he once again put Clements down and locked in an arm triangle that was deep enough to get the finish.
Remember, too, to check out MMAmania.com's complete coverage of the UFC 149 event by clicking here.