UFC 149 Fight Card Primer: Chris Clements Vs. Matthew Riddle

Chris Clements and Matt Riddle face off during the UFC 149 weigh-ins at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Friday, July, 20, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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?

Clements: W - Keith Wisniewski (SD) | W - Rich Clementi (TKO) | W - Travis Briere (TKO)
Riddle: W - Henry Martinez (SD) | L - Lance Benoist (UD) | L - Sean Pierson (UD)

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.

More UFC 149 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Urijah Faber and the Guillotine Choke - T.P. Grant

UFC 149 Weigh-In Results: Faber 135, Barao 135 - Tim Burke

UFC 149 Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

UFC 149: Hector Lombard Vs. Tim Boetsch Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Renan Barao Uses A Muay Thai Knee Against Brad Pickett - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 149: Faber Vs. Barao Betting Lines - Tim Burke

UFC 149: Cheick Kongo Vs. Shawn Jordan Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 149 Fight Science: Can Fighters Benefit From Training Their Sense Of Smell? - David Castillo

UFC 149: Brian Ebersole Vs. James Head Dissection - Dallas Winston

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 189: UFC 149, Bellator 72 Previews - Matt Bishop

UFC 149 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Urijah Faber's Weaknesses - Jack Slack

UFC 149: Matt Riddle Vs. Chris Clements Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC Posts Free Urijah Faber And Renan Barao Fights On Youtube - Mookie Alexander

Video: Countdown To UFC 149 - Faber Vs. Barao And Kongo Vs. Jordan - Tim Burke

Video: Countdown To UFC 149 Lombard Vs. Boetsch - ZProphet

UFC 149: Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 149: Introducing Hector Lombard - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Renan Barao Is NOT The Bantamweight Jose Aldo - Jack Slack

UFC 149 Conference Call: Renan Barao Wants to Wait For Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber Doesn't - Chris Hall

FREE $100 UFC 149 Kountermove Fantasy Cash Tourney - Steph Daniels

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