Apparently Matt Riddle has decided that his future really doesn't involve the UFC any time soon. Back in March sources close to Matt Riddle announced that he'd signed a multi-fight deal with Texas based MMA promotion Legacy FC. Now it appears that he's gotten a better offer and decided to skip out on his Legacy contract without ever fighting for the promotion. Inside MMA announced today via Twitter that Riddle was currently negotiating his release from Legacy FC in order to sign with Bellator.
Considering the lengths Riddle went to remove himself from the UFC's good graces, this is probably the best move for him. Legacy was a good fit considering his history of failed drug tests, as Texas is notably home to one of the country's worst athletic commissions. But perhaps the recent news that Bellator fighters are rarely drug tested, even when fighting in commission states, has boosted his confidence that the world second best MMA promotion is the right home for him.
Given his size and controlling wrestling game, he'll be an instant favorite to win the next welterweight tournament, and from there on out the Bellator title's the limit. It's worth noting that despite statements that they don't want UFC fighters Bellator has selectively been picking them up. It probably helps Riddle's case that he was coming off a win, and the promotion certainly has a long history of working with the sport's problem children. Despite the circumstances and the reputations that precede them it's probably the best fit for a young fighter who's in the top 50 of his division and a promotion looking for the cheapest/best talent available, hopefully he can make the most of this opportunity.