Matt Riddle jumps to middleweight, fights Michael Kuiper on Feb. 28 in Kansas City

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Riddle is looking for a new start against an old co-worker.

Who says there isn't life after UFC?

Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 contestant Matt Riddle is getting back to the business of mixed martial arts (MMA), following a 2013 fight campaign that he would probably like to forget. After failing his second drug test under the ZUFFA banner, "Deep Waters" was put out to pasture and scooped up by Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC).

Then Bellator MMA bought out his contract.

Riddle was forced to withdraw from his first scheduled fight and subsequently dismissed from the Viacom-owned promotion, which prompted the medicinal-marijuana smoker to cough up his spot on Spike TV. But it seems we may have a happy ending after all.

Depending, of course, on the outcome of his next fight.

Riddle will move up to middleweight to fight fellow UFC castaway Michael Kuiper in Titan Fighting Championship (Titan FC), according to MMA Fighting. "Judo" was afforded four fights inside the Octagon but only managed to win one, getting finished by guillotine choke in the back-to-back losses that led to his release.

Back to the drawing board.

Headlined by a lightweight fight pitting Mike Ricci against Jorge Gurgel, Titan FC 27 will air via CBS Sports Network on Feb. 28, 2014 from inside Memorial Hall in Kansas City. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to this still-developing fight card, as they become available.

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