Matthew Riddle Is Done With MMA
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.10.2013
He wants nothing more to do with it...
In an interview with MMA Junkie Matthew Riddle explained his retirement by simply saying he doesn't want anything to do with MMA anymore. Here are highlights:
On feeling mistreated by Bellator: "When Bellator bought out my contract they said, 'We're family, we take care of our own.' But then I crack a rib two weeks out from a fight and ask for an extension, like Joe Warren got, and I get told no. Then I ask if I can fight before the end of the year and I get told no on that. I've got three kids, man. When they bought me out of the Legacy contract, that was back in May. They kept me on the bench from May until September. I got hurt for September and now they say they can't get me a fight until January or February. The bottom line is, I've got a wife and three kids. I've got bills I have to pay."
On why he retired: "[Bellator] knew that for a fact. I said it to them (Monday). I told them that if I couldn't get a fight by the end of the year, I need to retire and get a full-time job. They were like, 'Well, we can't [get you a fight].' Really? Viacom can't? Bellator can't? OK, I guess I need to retire then."
On the toll fighting took on his body: "I've had multiple surgeries. 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."