Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Riddle puts his former employer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on blast, saying the promotion fired him for fighting 'smart' and said the fact that they prefer to keep "brawlers" over "technical" fighters will eventually be the company's downfall.
But, from the sound of it, he doesn't seem too eager to return, anyway.
After being popped for marijuana metabolites for the second time, "Deep Waters" was released from his duties with the ZUFFA-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, despite defeating Che Mills at UFC on FUEL TV 7 last month.
Riddle recently appeared on "The MMA Hour" to voice his displeasure and said the move on the part of the promotion was just an excuse to get rid of him and said it wouldn't happen to guys named Vitor Belfort or Nick Diaz if they got busted for the same thing.
He also said if he never makes it back to the Octagon, he will be "happy" with it, saying fighting other competition is a "breath of fresh air" and claims the fact that the promotion chooses to employ guys that "brawl" instead of "technical" fighters will eventually be its downfall.
Plus, he doesn't have to worry about getting yelled at by UFC officials for his Facebook posts.
"Look at guys like Dave Herman. Three fight losing streak, gets knocked out like three times in a row and fails two drug tests for weed and he is still in the UFC. I don't take anything from Herman, I bet he is a great guy, but, I don't know, I think that is very hypocritical and those are politics right there, that's not good business. That's guys getting together having a little pow-wow and saying, 'Let's get rid of Riddle. He's fighting more conservative, he's going out there for wins and he's fighting more educated and I would rather hire a couple of guys from Australia or the U.K. that just brawl and pay them half as much.' I kind of knew. I was kind of getting paid more, everything was coming into play, I was hitting my stride and I think they were just looking for a way to get rid of me."
Matt also said because of the direction UFC is heading, favoring brawlers instead of conservative fighters, when they come knocking at his door in a few years asking for his services, he will be turning them down:
"What I see happening is a year or two from now, the UFC will call me back after I've won five or six fights and I will probably, at that time, probably say no because I really don't like the direction they are taking the company. They are firing high-level talent so they can have lower-level talent to just scrap. They would rather have a brawl than a good technical fight and I think that is going to be their downfall because the fans are getting more educated and they are getting smarter and they don't want to see a slugfest and two retarded guys with brain damage bleeding everywhere."
Damage control coming in three, two, one...
His victory over "Beautiful," which was eventually overturned to a no-contest (NC), was Riddle's fourth consecutive win, but was also his second overturned win due to a failed drug test with the other coming at UFC 149 after the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant defeated Chris Clements in Canada.
For now, Riddle, who feels he lost his job because he "fought smart and wasn't willing to get hurt," says he is looking forward to fighting "cans" in smaller organizations.
And if he keeps badmouthing the worlds best MMA promotion, he will likely stay there.
How about it Maniacs, is it safe to say we've seen the last of Riddle inside the Octagon now that he's boldly thrown his former employer under the bus?
Does anyone actually agree with his statements?