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Matt Riddle wasn't entirely satisfied with his UFC on FUEL TV 7 performance against Che Mills, rating his winning effort as a "B-." Riddle believes he could have done more in the fight, but say he "held back" from fighting wildly to ensure he secured the decision victory.
"I think if I went out of grade A, B, C, D, I'd give myself a B minus. You know, there's a lot more I could have done, you know I held back. I held back because Che Mills is extremely dangerous. All it takes is one mistake and one knee to my chin and I would have been waking up on the flight home tomorrow. So, you know, when you're fighting at this level you've got to fight smart and, you know, the fans are harsh critics but at the end of the day it's your body, your life, your record and you got to do what's right for yourself."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Matt Riddle tells Sherdog that he held back during his encounter with Che Mills in the opening fight of the UFC on FUEL TV 7: "Barao vs. McDonald" television broadcast. Riddle won the fight by split decision, taking Mills into "Deep Waters" with his overwhelming wrestling abilities which Mills simply didn't have an answer for. It wasn't the most exciting performance of Riddle's career, but the 26-year-old says the reason for that is he didn't put the pedal to the metal and fought conservatively. Riddle viewed Mills as an extremely dangerous opponent and while fans may not have been gushing over the fight, Riddle got the win and that's what it most important to him. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 7 cast member is undefeated in his past four fights with all of his wins coming by decision.