Riddle in August 2017
Matthew Fredrick Riddle
January 14, 1986
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg)|
Lisa Rennie (m. 2011)
|Ring name(s)||Matt Riddle|
|Billed from||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Trained by||Monster Factory|
|Debut||February 7, 2015|
|Mixed martial arts career|
|Division||Middleweight (2008, 2014)|
|Reach||76.0 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Del Rio, Texas|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Team||Throwdown Training Center|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Matthew Fredrick Riddle (born January 14, 1986) is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist, currently signed to WWE, performing in their developmental territory NXT. A professional MMA fighter from 2008 to 2014, Riddle made a name for himself by appearing on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7, and went on to go on a four-fight win streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before he was fired after testing positive for marijuana in February 2013. In 2014, Riddle began training for a career in professional wrestling, and made his debut in February 2015. In 2016, readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recognized him as the wrestling Rookie of the Year and the Most Improved wrestler of the year.
Riddle is formerly one-half of the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) World Tag Team Champions with partner Jeff Cobb (as The Chozen Bros). He is also a former one-time Evolve champion, one-time WWN Champion, and two-time Progress Atlas Champion.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Professional wrestling career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Riddle was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania but later moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he attended Saratoga Springs High School and was a state wrestling champion in 2004. During his high school career, Riddle pinned future UFC champion Jon Jones. Riddle later attended East Stroudsburg University, where he was a member of the wrestling team for two years and won many championships. After his head coach was fired, Riddle lost his wrestling scholarship and started his transition into MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
The Ultimate Fighter
Riddle is 1-0 in amateur MMA. During his amateur career, he worked as a roofer and trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the evenings. Riddle credits BJ Penn's book, Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge, in helping him learn during his early years in MMA.
Riddle fought Dan Simmler, an understudy of Matt Serra, to get into The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) house. Riddle knocked out Simmler in the opening seconds of the second round and struck him three times in the jaw after he had lost consciousness, breaking Simmler's jaw in two places. It was called the biggest knockout in TUF history by Dana White and the knock out of the century by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Riddle was picked second overall for Team Rampage. During his involvement on show, Riddle was given the nickname Chipper after Rampage noticed him always smiling.
Riddle's second fight was against Tim Credeur. Credeur defeated Riddle via armbar in the second round, knocking Riddle out of the tournament. After the fight, Credeur bought Riddle an Xbox 360 with his earnings.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2013)
At The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale held on June 21, 2008, Riddle made his UFC and professional debut defeating fellow Ultimate Fighter castmate, Dante Rivera, via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27). During the course of The Ultimate Fighter 7, Riddle was shown multiple times arguing with the older and more experienced Rivera. Dante, on more than one occasion, stated that he would retire if Riddle defeated him.
He next faced The Ultimate Fighter 9 alumnus Nick Osipczak on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105. The fight was held in Osipczak's home country of England. Riddle lost the fight by TKO in the third round.
After his loss to Osipczack, Riddle faced UFC newcomer Greg Soto on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111. After a dominant first two rounds for Riddle, Soto landed an illegal upkick to Riddle's head in the third round which rendered him unable to continue, giving Riddle the victory by disqualification.
Riddle faced DaMarques Johnson on August 1, 2010 at UFC on Versus 2. The fight was a catchweight bout after Johnson weighed in at 172 lbs and Riddle would go on to win the fight via TKO due to punches near the end of round 2.
Riddle was expected to face TJ Waldburger on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124. However, Waldburger was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Sean Pierson. Pierson defeated Riddle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) and the bout was dubbed by UFC president Dana White as the real Fight of the Night.
Riddle was expected to face Ultimate Fighter castmate, Matt Brown, on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, replacing an injured Mark Scanlon. However, Riddle was also injured, resulting in the Brown fight being scrapped from the card altogether.
Riddle faced undefeated welterweight prospect Lance Benoist who was making his Octagon debut on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger. He lost the fight via unanimous decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
Riddle was expected to face Jorge Lopez on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143, replacing an injured Amir Sadollah. However, Lopez was also forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Henry Martinez. Riddle won the fight via split decision.
Riddle stepped in for Siyar Bahadurzada on short notice to fight Chris Clements at UFC 149. Riddle won the fight after catching Clements in a standing arm-triangle choke, forcing him to submit at 2:02 in the third round. Riddle won a $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus; this also marked the first submission win of his professional career. On October 20, 2012, it was announced that Riddle had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana. Riddle was subsequently fined and suspended for 90 days, retroactive to July 21, 2012. His win over Clements was changed to a No Contest.
Riddle was originally expected to face Besam Yousef on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154, replacing an injured Stephen Thompson. However, Yousef was forced out with injury and replaced by John Maguire. Riddle defeated Maguire via unanimous decision.
Riddle faced Che Mills on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. Riddle defeated Mills via split decision. On February 26, 2013, Riddle revealed that he had tested positive for marijuana. This was his second failed drug test within a year, and Riddle was subsequently released from the promotion. He finished his UFC career ranked 3rd in UFC history for takedown defense (89.3%) and 8th for total strikes landed (1350), and without positive marijuana tests would have held an octagon record of 10-3 with a streak of five consecutive victories.
Bellator MMA (2013)
Shortly after being released from the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), Riddle signed a multi-fight deal with Texas-based promotion, Legacy Fighting Championships. However, on May 18, 2013, it was announced that Riddle instead joined the Bellator MMA roster after his Legacy contract had been purchased by the promotion. Riddle was expected to compete in the Bellator's welterweight tournament during their ninth season which begins in the Fall of 2013. However Riddle cracked his rib and had to pull out of the tournament, and subsequently retired from MMA fighting due to financial reasons. A few weeks later Riddle came out of retirement and was expected to fight at Bellator 109. Once again Riddle pulled out of that fight and has been released from Bellator in total.
Titan FC (2014)
Riddle was expected to face MMA legend Jose Landi-Jons for the vacant Welterweight Championship at Titan FC 29 on August 22, 2014. However, Landi-Jons was forced out of the bout due to visa issues, and was replaced by UFC veteran Ben Saunders. However, Riddle was forced out of the bout due to injury, and was replaced by the man he was originally scheduled to face, Jose Landi-Jons.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2014–2018)
On October 29, 2014, it was reported that Riddle was training for a career in professional wrestling. Riddle made his professional wrestling debut on February 7, 2015, at the Monster Factory in Paulsboro, New Jersey. in July 2015 won the Monster Factory Heavyweight Championship. On September 15, 2015, it was announced that Riddle had signed with the World Wrestling Network (WWN) to work the October Evolve events. Riddle later confirmed that he had taken part in a WWE tryout, which led to them setting up the booking with Evolve. On January 24, 2016, Riddle won Evolve's Style Battle tournament. On April 8, it was reported that Riddle had signed a contract with Evolve's parent company WWN. On September 3, Riddle made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), entering the 2016 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, from which he was eliminated in his first round match by Kyle O'Reilly. In October 2016, Riddle took on Cody Rhodes at New York promotion House of Glory's show titled Unbreakable in a losing effort.
On January 15, 2017, Riddle defeated Rampage Brown to win the Progress Atlas Championship. Riddle debuted for Revolution Pro Wrestling on January 21, unsuccessfully challenging Katsuyori Shibata for the British Heavyweight Championship. On February 11 at CZW 18, Riddle faced David Starr in an inter-promotional champion vs champion match, with Riddle defending Progress Wrestling's Atlas Championship and Starr defending wXw's Shotgun Championship. The match ended in a double disqualification, and neither championship changed hands. On April 1, Riddle defeated five other men to become the inaugural WWN Champion. On August 5th Riddle won The Scenic City Invitational Tournament. On October 20, Riddle and Jeff Cobb, known collectively as "The Chosen Bros", defeated the Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta el Zero M) for the PWG World Tag Team Championship. They retained the titles until April 20, 2018, when they lost them against The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier).
On July 31, 2018, it was reported by Uproxx that Riddle had signed a contract with WWE. On August 18, Riddle appeared at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV and was identified by the event's commentators as WWE's newest signing.
Riddle's NXT debut was on the October 31 edition when he successfully defeated Luke Menzies. On November 17, 2018 on the Pre-show of NXT TakeOver: WarGames II, Kassius Ohno interrupted a Riddle interview. When NXT TakeOver: WarGames II started, Riddle challenged Ohno to a match and knocked him out in 6 seconds winning one of the fastest matches in NXT history. Riddle and Ohno had a rematch at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, where Riddle made Ohno tap out to an Arm Trap. In 2019 WWE Network released a documentary on his wrestling career and entry into NXT entitled Arrival: Matt Riddle.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 5 Star Wrestling
- 5 Star Tap or Snap Championship (1 time)
- Beyond Wrestling
- Tournament for Today Men (2016)
- Hope Wrestling
- Hope 24/7 Hardcore Championship (1 time)
- IWA Mid-South
- Revolution Strong Style Tournament (2018)
- Keystone Pro Wrestling
- Monster Factory Pro Wrestling
- Monster Factory Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Progress Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Chaos
- King of Chaos Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- Scenic City Invitational
- Scenic City Invitational Tournament (2017)
- Style Battle
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- Ambition 8 (2017)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||8 wins||3 losses|
|Win||8–3 (2)||Michael Kuiper||Submission (guillotine choke)||Titan Fighting Championship 27||February 28, 2014||2||2:29||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Middleweight bout|
|NC||7–3 (2)||Che Mills||No Contest (overturned)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald||February 16, 2013||3||5:00||London, England||Originally a split decision win for Riddle; overturned after Riddle tested positive for marijuana|
|Win||7–3 (1)||John Maguire||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 154||November 17, 2012||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|NC||6–3 (1)||Chris Clements||No Contest||UFC 149||July 21, 2012||3||2:02||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Originally an arm-triangle submission win by Riddle; Submission of the Night; overturned after Riddle tested positive for marijuana|
|Win||6–3||Henry Martinez||Decision (split)||UFC 143||February 4, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Lance Benoist||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||5–2||Sean Pierson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||5–1||DaMarques Johnson||TKO (punches)||UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko||August 1, 2010||2||4:29||San Diego, California, United States||172 lb Catchweight bout; Johnson missed weight|
|Win||4–1||Greg Soto||DQ (illegal upkick)||UFC 111||March 27, 2010||3||1:30||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Nick Osipczak||TKO (elbows & punches)||UFC 105||November 14, 2009||3||3:53||Manchester, England|
|Win||3–0||Dan Cramer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||2–0||Steve Bruno||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Welterweight debut|
|Win||1–0||Dante Rivera||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||June 21, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1–1||Tim Credeur||Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest||April 23, 2008 (air date)||1||4:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 7 Quarter Final round|
|Win||1–0||Dan Simmler||KO (punch)||April 9, 2008 (air date)||2||0:09||TUF 7 elimination round|
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