The UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao PPV opens with Welterweight action, as Chris Clements (11-4; 1-0 UFC) faces Matt Riddle (6-3; 6-3 UFC). Neither man is currently ranked in the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings. The UFC 149 PPV card airs live Saturday night July 21 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
Were you excited about Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama? Because that's the fight that eventually evolved into Clements vs. Riddle. After injuries to Alves, Akiyama, and replacement Siyar Bahadurzada, we're left with this fight. It's a far step down the ladder from the original fight and, to be honest, really shouldn't be on a PPV main card. That said, it still could be a fun stand-up battle. Just don't expect it to have much relevance overall.
How do these two stack up?
Clements: 36 years old | 5'10"
Riddle: 26 years old | 6'1" | 76" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Chris Clements is a Canadian fighter and a long-time member of Team Tompkins, training under the late Shawn Tompkins. He's been a pro since 2005, fighting primarily in Canada, where he once recorded what is listed as the fastest KO in MMA history at 3 seconds. He made his UFC debut at UFC 145, scoring a split decision win over Keith Wisniewski, and looks to extend his current win streak to 6 here.
Matthew Riddle is a season 7 TUF contestant. At the time he appeared on the show, Riddle had no pro fights to his credit, and so has contested his entire professional career inside the Octagon. He's had some success, starting his career with a solid 5-1 run before losing two straight . He's now 6-3 and coming off a close split decision win over Henry Martinez. Riddle is a fan of the kind of all heart, all action stand and bang fights that often generate Fight of the Night bonuses,
Why should you care?
If you let go of the fact that this really is not a PPV worthy fight, you should be able to enjoy the heated striking battle that is sure to ensue. This could sneak away the Fight of the Night bonus.
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