Matt Riddle Comes Out of Retirement to Fight at Bellator 109
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.03.2013
According to mmajunkie.com, Matt Riddle is coming out of his short lived retirement to make his Bellator debut on Nov. 22 at Bellator 109, in his home state of Pennsylvania. Here is what he had to say about the decision…
On Moving Past His Issues With Bellator: "It's water under the bridge, and we're ready to move forward to greener pastures. They just want me to fight forward and do work for them, and they're willing to help me in any way that they can. And you can't ask for much more from a company. At the end of the day, they treated me right and I'm happy."
On Why He Retired: "Honestly, I was pissed," he said. "So I was like, 'If I can't fight, I'm going to retire.' I basically threw a hissy fit and retired. (But Bellator) called me up and said, 'Bro, we didn't realize your situation.' They gave me an advance, they gave me money and the fight in the November, and they've already got me scheduled for the tournament in January or February. So they're doing everything in their power to help me out. Unfortunately, I kind of hopped off the handle right off the bat. I had a cracked rib, I hadn't fought in six months, and I'm broke. But they took care of me and hooked me up and I couldn't be happier."
On What He Was Doing For Work While Retired:"I know how to do stuff, so I was doing handyman stuff and making money that way," he said. "But I'd rather make money in the cage. I really didn't want to retire. I'm in my prime – I'm 27."