Matt Riddle doesn’t sound bitter about MMA at all

If it weren’t for testing positive for pot pee, Riddle would be riding a four fight win streak. And if it weren’t for his big mouth, he might still have his job with the UFC. As it stands, he’s 2-0-2 instead and definitely isn’t welcome back with the organization after basically accusing them of tampering with his drug test and shit talking Dana White.

His post-UFC career involved getting signed by LegacyFC, having his contract bought out by Bellator, and then getting injured leading up to his Bellator welterweight tournament fight. When the promotion refused to shuffle their cards to let him fight on a later event, he ragequit the sport on Twitter.

As you probably know, Twitter retirements are about as reliable as snap decision retirements in the cage right after a fight, so Ben al-Fowlkes tracked Riddle down and got him to expand on his decision past 140 characters. And in typical Riddle fashion, Matt had some interesting things to say:

“I’ve had multiple surgeries,” Riddle said. “I get cut open, I’m in pain, and I can’t even pay my f—ing bills. People know who I am and I’m on TV all the time, but I can’t pay my f—ing bills, so who cares? What kind of sport is this? What’s the point of being in it if you can’t even make money? Especially a sport where you get torn open, get brain damage and bleed? And then people give me s–t because I’d rather retire and get a real job. At least that way I’ll get a check every week and not worry about someone trying to cut my face open or knock my f—ing teeth out.”

“You get hurt and can’t fight? Nobody cares,” Riddle added. “They just stomp on you. People get on their keyboards and talk s–t about you. Even if you’re in the top 10, top five in the world, people talk s–t about you. It’s a trash sport, people trash us all the time, we don’t get paid s–t and it’s like you lose one fight and people say you should quit fighting anyway. Why would I want to be a part of that? I’m tired of it.”

“I’m just tired of the unethical people, the scumbags, all that,” Riddle said. “Maybe that’s how all businesses are run, but in MMA I’ve been in the UFC, Legacy and Bellator. The UFC was the best, and even they didn’t treat you that well. It just gets sh–tier on the way down. I’d rather get a real job, do some [jiu-jitsu], get my black belt and compete in some tournaments. And maybe I will fight in a year or two. But right now I’m so fed up with the people that run this sport, I don’t want anything to do with it.”

Nothing too out of the ordinary in the above rant, really. About what you’d expect from a guy whose best days are behind him and who has now basically burnt his bridges with the only two organizations offering livable salaries to fighters in North America. If I was gonna use one word to describe his general tone, I’d say “Defeat.”

That didn’t stop Dana White from appearing on UFC Tonight to dismiss Riddle’s anti-UFC opinions and gloat over what a dumb jackass Matt is. That inspirational video after the jump.

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Fun & Irrelevant Fact: UFC 165 will be the third Toronto event in a row headlined by Jon Jones.

Here at Fightlinker, we’ve shat upon the stupid head of the Ontario Athletic Commission’s grand poobah Ken Hayashi numerous times over the years, basically because he’s a big stupid jerkface and his so-called commission is a joke.  This week, the Canadian MMA Law Blog (sadly not written by Bob Loblaw) has dug up a couple more examples of the OAC’s dumbness.

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Gustafsson calls Jones “en liten skitünge” :-O

There hasn’t been a whole lot of heat generating behind September 21st Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson fight. A lot of people don’t think The Mauler has a chance of beating Jones, and the best marketing the UFC has done is point out how Gustafsson is a little taller than the champ. From there we had a decent staredown during the World Tour and Alex trying to channel some of Chris Weidman’s iron conviction, but that’s been about it. Until today, where Gustafsson took things to the next level and got personal with Sweden’s Kimura site:

He’s a little brat in an adult’s body. A very immature boy in a grown man’s body. It is Jones. It is not always that a person is himself in front of the cameras, and there you have Jones. Are you with him for a week, as I did at UFC World Press Tour … he way you behave. He is a real bully. It’s like you give a shit kid everything. Why do not you speak up, you just say yes, yes, everything that a kid ask for. Since there are no limits. It is all haywire. No, his behavior then … No, I’m not a fan of it if I say so.

He throws out the stupid comments. We would do an interview together in England. Me and Andrew (Michael) had to sit and wait for Jones was delayed. When he comes in 45 minutes late, he asks not even apologize. Neither me or to those who would do the interview. I am a professional and have great respect for Jones as a fighter. There are not many who can do what he has done and he deserves all the respect. But as a person, as a role model, I’m really not a fan.

Funny, half those reasons are the same ones fans throw out as to why they don’t like Jones. The same thing happened when Dan Henderson was supposed to fight Jones and called him ‘unauthentic.’ Everyone paused for a moment and then thoughtfully said “Yeah, that was the word we were looking for.” It’s a good thing he typically puts on an entertaining beatdown. That’s why I’m tuning in on Saturday … to see Jones dismantle another contender in devastating fashion. That, and to see Khabib Nurmagomedov sambo the shit out of Pat Healy.

Deep thoughts with Adrien Broner

What?  You’ve never heard of Adrien Broner?  He’s the WBA welterweight champ and latest boxer to wax poetic about the shortcomings of MMA as a sport:

The golden quote:

Right now, you can go into MMA, learn all the submission moves and be a world champion.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes.  I don’t give a fuck what you do, you can try to come over to boxing, and you won’t ever be a world champion.  I’m not disrespecting you, but I’m just saying, that’s how it works.

Well, shiiiit.  Here I was thinking I would never hold a belt in the UFC when apparently all I have to do is pack on a few pounds, start learning all the submission moves, and d’arce choke Ronda Rousey into the history books.

There’s nothing new about this sort of attitude among some boxers since MMA has become a legitimate threat to their sport.  But giving a pass for this sort of ignorance because MMA is a “relatively young sport” is getting kind of old.  The kind of ignorance Broner is displaying is the willful kind: he’s 24 years old – the UFC was formed when he was 4 years old.  Broner would probably be dismayed at a poll in which sports fans were asked which welterweight name was more recognizable: Adrien Broner or Georges St. Pierre.

ESPN put together an ‘MMA Confidential’ magazine article where they asked a bunch of fighters in anonymity what they thought of a variety of different subjects, from pay to unions to Dana White. The video segment on the article is above, and a cool infographic is here. My favorite part of that (obviously) is below.


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