When Stephen Thompson went down with an injury to his knee and pulled out of his UFC 154 bout against Besam Yousef, scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Matt Riddle was immediately put on high alert.
Looks like the former "Ultimate Fighter" is headed back to Canada.
That may elicit more than a few chuckles from you fight fans in the peanut gallery, especially considering Riddle (6-3) was just popped in Calgary for failing his UFC 149 drug test following an overturned "Submission of the Night" win over Chris Clements back in July.
90 days later and his suspension is "Deep Waters" under the bridge.
Yousef (6-1) saw his perfect record snapped when he made his Octagon debut against Simeon Thoresen back in April, getting choked out by "The Grin" on FUEL TV. Prior to that, the Swede cut his teeth in Zone Fighting Championship in Gothenburg.
He may be heading back there in 2013 if he's unable to solve next month's Riddle.
UFC 154 features a welterweight championship unification bout pitting the recently rehabbed Georges St. Pierre looking to reclaim his 170-pound throne from sit-in interim straphanger Carlos Condit. Division contenders Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks are scheduled for the co-main event.
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