It turns out Matt Riddle's career won't be going up in smoke after all.
The welterweight will be fighting against Brazilian veteran Jose Landi-Jons at Titan FC 29 in late May or June. An announcement was made by Titan FC boss Jeff Aronson and MMA Fighting confirmed the news earlier today.
With a mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 8-3 and a pair of "No Contests," this will be Riddle's second fight for the upstart promotion, after spending his entire career competing for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
"Deep Waters" was cut from the industry's leading organization after testing positive for marijuana in two fights he originally won.
This led to a public outcry from the fighter himself, who was an advocate for the drug because he thinks as long as he's puffing, he's not going to beat his kids.
Obviously, his former boss, Dana White, ripped him a new one after he was released, in such a way you'd expect him to.
After more strange comments from the welterweight, including gracing the cover of top notch magazines (and an awkward retirement phase) Riddle was supposed to compete in Bellator's season nine welterweight tournament, but he suffered a rib injury.
After pulling out of a second fight, Bellator decided to give him his walking papers.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 7 contestant gets the title shot after a successful promotional debut against Michael Kuiper at Titan FC 27 one month ago, winning by guillotine choke in the second round.
His opponent, Landi-Jons will be making his promotional debut.
"Pele" had won early on in his career against the likes of Pat Miletich, Matt Hughes, and Martijn de Jong. He also holds two victories over Bellator middleweight champ Alexander Shlemenko.
There is no set date for the event at this present time.