Stop me if you've heard this story before (you probably have).
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Matt Riddle, who found his way into the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion by way of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), has retired from active competition after his new employer failed to give him a fight.
He's got bills to pay, y'all.
On his way out the proverbial door, "Deep Waters" took a few potshots at his ex-employer, claiming the "unethical" UFC higher-ups "didn't treat him well" and he "couldn't make money" in a "trash sport" that put him at risk of getting "brain damage."
"From 2011 to 2013, that guy was making $162,000 a year. Then he comes out and says he was treated horrible. He was making something like 52 or $54,000 a fight to fight three times a year. We have health insurance here, which has never been done in the history of the world with fight promoters. The reason he's not in UFC any more IS BECAUSE HE COULD NOT PASS A DRUG TEST! You have to go to work three times a year, and you couldn't pass a drug test? You're so weak-minded and so addicted to marijuana, that you couldn't stay off it enough to pass a drug test three times a year. Well, guess what dummy, they drug test in the real world, too!"
See his entire Riddle rant in the video below.
It's not unusual for UFC "washouts" to talk trash about the promotion after they exit stage left. Earlier this year, both John Cholish and Jacob Volkmann took ZUFFA to task for lousy pay and horrible health care. At least they were able to pass a post-fight drug test.
Riddle was popped for pot in two of his last three fights.
After UFC put him out to pasture, the former TUF guy was able to hook up with Bellator MMA; however, he was unable to get a fight lined up before 2014 and was forced to throw in the towel to find a "real job." What he's qualified to do, considering he began his UFC career while living at home with no driver's license, remains to be seen.