Generally, the UFC tries to keep the door open for the fighters they end up letting go. For some, the road back is tougher than it is for others. Tito Ortiz is a prime example of that, but he did end up coming back a few times after leaving the organization. The aftermath from the last time he took stage left and exited the building hasn't been pretty, and this past year saw him sign with Number 2 promotion, Bellator Fighting.
Matt Riddle was released last year after testing positive for marijuana for a second time. Technically, he won his last four fights, but two of the wins were overturned because of those positive tests. Riddle finds himself in the same unappealing situation that Ortiz has been in for the better part of the last decade--on Dana White's shit list. While the desire to get back into the Zuffa fold is there, Matt doesn't have any illusions about the chances of that coming to pass.
In a recent interview with MMA Sentinel, Riddle discussed thoughts on Dana White's very public insults, the difficult year he's had and the desire he still has to get back to the only place he's ever called his fighting home. Here's what he had to say:
Time at Bellator
I really wish I could tell you about that, but I legally can't talk about the subject due to my release. But I can tell you I was released and I'm extremely happy that I don't fight for Bellator.
MMA is really tough and it's really low reward. To me it's worth it, and to other guys it's worth it, but in the big picture you have guys like Chris Leben that are done fighting and at the end of the day, you're not left with too much after all of the wars, you know?
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Dana White insulting him
Honestly, he just can't help himself. Unfortunately, we have a very insecure, bald man who uses TRT as the president of the UFC. When he sees a dude like me, who is 28 and all I do is rip tubes and kick ass, maybe some part of him doesn't like me. I don't know why, I've never been mean to him. But he felt the need to go on Fox Sports or whatever and bash me and talk garbage. I think that's his way of defending himself because he knows he's wrong, and I know I'm right.
Time will tell. I just saw a commercial the other day with a recall on all testosterone replacement therapies because they cause strokes, heart attacks and blood clots. They haven't had to recall marijuana yet. No one has died from that yet. Everyone can keep doing their steroids and stuff and I'll still be kicking when I'm old.
Getting back to the UFC
Ideally I'd like to get back to the UFC, but let's be honest, the UFC contract is basically a one fight deal if you look at it. That's how I look at it. If I get back, that's cool. I'd probably win a fight and they'd fire me anyway [laughs].
You can follow Matt via his Twitter account, @riddletuf7