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Matthew Riddle on the ‘TUF 7′ Finale and More

(“Chipper” and his infectious war-grin.)

In the latest installment of MMAJunkie’s “Ten TUF Questions” feature, freshly eliminated Ultimate Fighter castmember Matthew Riddle confirms our suspicions that the booking of so many contract fighters on the TUF 7 finale card means that most of this season’s castmembers weren’t worthy of another televised scrap:

Yes, I’m on the card. But I can’t tell you who (I’m fighting). [laughs] You’re going to like it, though. We’re not allowed to say, but I think it’s a fight everyone wants to see. I’m not saying s***, though. The people who didn’t fight up to par got the boot and got cut. I think the UFC’s just getting so big that they’re only going to take the best. A lot of the guys from the cast weren’t invited to fight at the finale.

Unless Riddle starts some drama with another one of his housemates, we’d have to assume that he’ll be taking on Dante “I’ll Retire If You Beat Me” Rivera. And yes, we do want to see that. Elsewhere in the interview, Riddle responds to criticism of his celebratory behavior after nearly killing Dan Simmler in episode two:

The first thing — and they don’t show it — but he was out for about 15 or 20 minutes after I knocked him out. I was stoked at first and putting my thumbs up and smiling. Then, he didn’t get up, and I kind of slowed down. When he woke up and started moaning, I felt bad. [The show's editors] don’t show that. They just show me with my thumbs up, but I don’t enjoy hurting people. I just like to compete. It’s part of the sport, and it happens.

So has the Ultimate Fighter experience convinced Riddle to ditch his two-bit fight camp and join up with a big-name team?

I’ve been [at Rat Pack Fighting Systems] like four months, and all the sudden I’m like their poster boy, but it’s about to end. I’m having a meeting tonight, and I don’t care if you put this in there, but I’m telling him off. It’s like they’re trying to use me. Yeah, it’s probably smart on their part because it puts them on the map, but they could have gone about it differently. I feel like I’m being taking advantage of, and I don’t like that. I’m probably going to train with (fellow castmate Mike) Dolce and all those guys at Team Quest North and then with Rampage at Big Bear (Calif.) with the high altitude and stuff to get ready for my fight… Rampage and I got along very well. I got along with Juanito, too, and all the coaches. They still call me to see what I’m doing.

Check out the rest of the interview here. And take this lesson to heart, aspiring fighters: They’ll forget your ground game and they’ll forget your heavy hands, but a great smile will always make an impression.

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stemROCK- June 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm
Riddle may not have looked amazing against dante but he still won. that says alot about him, he is not fighjting his best but still finds a way to win. give him 8 months and he'll be the best fighter that came out of TUF7
g's thoughts- May 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm
the kid's got potential yes...he fights alright, but he does need to pump up his adrenaline before he fights...I mean damn, just sitting there watching him play off like it's nothing, like he doesn't have to do anything to pump him up is ridiculous...when going to war to fight the enemy, it's always about your c.o. or whomever getting you pumped up and ready for the kill...shit, I hate Kimbo Slice, but damn Chipper, put on your game face bud...otherwise, I'm flying my gay ass out to you and put you in the ring and this fag is going to put an ass whipping on your cute little face and 'behind' it...either pump the fuck up..or i'm going to be pumping you...that's what you need boy..pump're the next big name..
Seaswell- April 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm
C-Bus, for perhaps the first and last time ever, we are on the same page on this one.

Riddle is filled with potential like no one else i've seen and the world should watch out if he ever gets his license, moves out of his mom's house, and gets to a real gym with good teachers. not to mention that he is utterly likable and has a stellar attitude. I predict that he's going to be somebody.
C-Bus Allstar- April 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm
This Kid's got fucking POTENTIAL. Xtreme Couture should snatch his little young ass up. And on top of potential, he's a stand-up guy character-wise. I like his future. I have no doubt that we could see this kid as a top10 fighter in his weight class within 2-3 years.
Bdizzle- April 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm
Even tho Chip was in mid attack he needs to keep his hands up or his going to get KTFO, dude he is facing is right down the center if he was not afraid to get hit he could of caused some major damage.