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Bold Statement of the Day: Matt Riddle Will “Probably Say No” When the UFC Comes Calling in a Few Years


(And this is the face he will make after he does it.) 

Since being released from the UFC following his second positive test for marijuana in his past three fights, TUF 7 alum Matt Riddle has been doing his damnedest to burn every last bridge that might possibly connect him to the organization he has literally built his entire professional MMA career in. And while Riddle succeeded in raising some interesting questions regarding the UFC’s policy of hiring and firing fighters during his recent interview on The MMA Hour, he also succeeded in completely sabotaging any potential of a return trip to the sport’s highest promotion, which according to him, is something he would prefer:

What I see happening is, a year or two from now the UFC calls me back after I’ve won probably like five or six fights, hopefully. And I’ll probably, at the time, say, ‘No.’ Because I really don’t like the direction they’re taking the company. They’re firing high-level talent so they can have lower level talent just scrap, and they’d rather have a brawl than a good technical fight. I think that’s going to be their downfall, because the fans are getting more educated. They’re getting smarter, and they don’t want to just see a slugfest and two retarded guys with brain damage bleeding everywhere.

Dana White’s response was expectantly blunt. Get it? Blunt? Be honest, that pun is so great you’d probably beat your kids in a fit of jealous rage if you weren’t so goddamn stoned.

Self-sabotage aside, Riddle did raise some interesting points about the UFC’s non-existent policy when it comes to releasing fighters. Most notably, that of fellow stoner marijuana enthusiast Dave Herman:

But you’ve got to look at guys like Dave Herman. Three fight losing streak, gets knocked out like three times in a row, fails two drug tests for weed, and he’s still in the UFC. And I don’t take anything from Herman, I’m sure he’s a great guy. But I don’t know. I think that’s very hypocritical, and those are politics right there. That’s not good business. That’s you guys getting together, doing a little pow-wow, and being like, ‘Let’s get rid of Riddle. He’s fighting more conservative. He’s going out there for wins. He’s fighting more educated. And I’d rather hire a couple guys from Australia or the U.K. that just brawl, and pay them half as much.

It’s hard to disagree with Riddle’s theory given what Dana White stated about Jon Fitch following his exit from the promotion. And while Herman was forced to attend rehab to keep his job, Riddle was offered no such option. Not that he wouldn’t have taken it.

Obviously, we’re not going to retread the same sub-arguments that inevitably come hand-in-hand with the topic of marijuana in MMA (marijuana vs. TRT, the legality of marijuana in America, etc.). While Riddle points out some obvious flaws in the UFC’s policy of firing and hiring fighters, he fails to realize (or just neglects to mention) that until the fighters of the UFC form some sort of union, DW and friends will continue to hire and fire whoever the hell they want, when they want.

Of course, no bridge-burning ceremony would be complete without a conspiracy theory or two, and thankfully Riddle has us covered there:

A lot of lawyers think I have a lawsuit for wrongful termination. And, you know, I’m not really trying to go that route, because I like to fight and I’m not really trying to bellyache about it. But at the same time, if didn’t fail a drug test, and something was added to my urine, like Creatine and THC, or something like that, then I would like to know. Because I just think it was just really convenient.

Then even after my fight, Dana White was making comments, ‘Oh, maybe if people started fighting more exciting, unlike Riddle lately.’ He did a couple interviews and mentioned how I haven’t been fighting exciting, and then just so happens, a couple days later I fail a drug test and I get fired. There’s just a couple variables, it just seems really fishy.

Perhaps the most hilarious thing to take away from this statement is the idea that Matt Riddle talks to not one, but multiple lawyers in between bong hits — lawyers that we should probably assume received their degree from the same law school as Frito and Charlie Kelly. But his Rafael Cavalcante-esque conspiracy aside, does anyone agree with the inconsistencies in the UFC’s mentality regarding releasing fighters as pointed out by Riddle?

-J. Jones

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realdeal75- March 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm
I love how Riddle is on this site giving a thumbs down to every comment against him. You mad bro?
BaghdadBob- March 6, 2013 at 1:18 am
Yet further proof that smoking weed makes you stupid
dranokills- March 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm
you know it's ok with me if Riddle wants to be the new Dan Quinn.
because, hey it's obviously everyone elses fault but his.
Good luck waiting for the UFC to crumble, I'm sure that will happen.....for your great grandchildren. See ya.
Onan- March 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm
"A lot of lawyers"= a few guys on twitter who claim to be lawyers
El Guapo- March 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm
I agree with his point that Dana White is a hypocrite and disagree that fight fans don't want to see slugfests. I do. Not every fight, but at least one main card fight should have a slugfest just in case the rest are snoozers.
CWill859- March 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm
TH;DR too high; didn't read
mma4ever- March 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Ufc is doing a great job in my opinion .
teep- March 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Anyone who is naive enough to think that DW has ever been fair.. well they must be smoking something.
danomite- March 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm
It's not like Riddle has always been a 'smart' fighter. It wasn't that long ago that he was happy to run face first into sean pierson's fists. The guy had ZERO pro fights before entering the UFC. Let me restate that: All of Matt Riddle's professional fights have been in arguably the UFC's deepest division (albeit against lesser competition) and he still managed to compile a 7-3 record that would've been 9-3 if it weren't for the drug suspensions. Can you really blame the guy for trying to evolve his game into something other than "walk through punches while wildly swinging your arms" His firing, to me, is just as embarrassing and shameful as the legalized cheating known as therapeutic use exemptions. When Dana does shit like this it shows us how little respect he has for the these guys and the stuff they put themselves through.
smellypiratehooker- March 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm
As your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown bottle in my shaving kit.You won't need much...just a tiny taste.
Alan K- March 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm
The fans don't like to see slugfests and blood and people giving each other brain damage? Has Matt intentionally ignored the praise everyone has been throwing at the Wandy-Stann fight?
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm
The Fertitta's are ruining MMA. I know they bully fighters around and use contracts like I use toilet paper after a nice Mexican meal. I HATE how the UFC treats their fighters. EVERYONE is scared to speak up. And even Couture left the UFC. THATS SAYS SOMETHING. If they treated him RIGHT, he would have stayed. Randy took the first chance he could to get out. Good for him. The UFC is ALL ABOUT MONEY. Period. They could care less about their fighters. They are disposable. And sooner or later.....that is going to catch up with them. It will al be reported that Lorenzo is a faggot and drug addict. THE TRUTH will come out. Pardon the Brandon Vera pun. Frank's wife has had more plastic surgery than the front a a McDonalds playscape. Fake, miserable bitch. I KNOW her and she's not a nice person.
dranokills- March 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm
go back to bloodyvagina you troll.
Ryan Meleedy- March 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
I'm of the opinion that each case has to be looked at on an individual basis. Perhaps the perfect storm of riddles attitude, lack of exciting fights, multiple failed tests, and the UFC's realization that he will never fight for a title that got him booted. Dave Hernan? Who knows. Maybe he asked for help in an attempt to make himself seem helpless, in which case it would be unethical to fire him under those circumstances. Who knows, bottem line is that pot should be the least of everyones worries
Ryan Meleedy- March 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm
I'm of the opinion that each case has to be looked at on an individual basis. Perhaps the perfect storm of riddles attitude, lack of exciting fights, multiple failed tests, and the UFC's realization that he will never fight for a title that got him booted. Dave Hernan? Who knows. Maybe he asked for help in an attempt to make himself seem helpless, in which case it would be unethical to fire him under those circumstances. Who knows, bottem line is that pot should be the least of everyones
beef_kurtains- March 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm
I've become a much bigger fan of Riddle recently. To start, he's speaking his mind and he's not letting the UFC bully him around.

Riddle is a reasonably intelligent guy and he's making some great points. I think what Riddle points out is that the UFC does whateverthefucktheywant. Consistency isn't exactly their strenght.

That entire interview is a great read and he makes some valid points about technical fighting versus banging and the UFC's propensity to seek out exciting fighters (DO YOU WANT TO BE FUCKING FIGHTER)? Riddle's comments speak to the nature of the UFC's "let it bleed" culture.

Releasing a bunch of good fighters to be scooped up by other organizations (OK, just bellator or WSOF) isn't gonna help the UFC. It's going to hurt.

I'm rooting for Riddle and pulling a tube in his name. BTW, anybody see that he smokes an 1/8 a day? Holy SHITE!
Fried Taco- March 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm
Whoa, dude, I was like looking at all the words on the page, and they started moving around and making cool little pictures.
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