According to a report Saturday on ProMMAInsider.com, Matt Riddle has found a new home following his release from the UFC. After almost five years in that promotion, he will make his way over to Legacy FC.
The deal is said to be for multiple fights, according to sources close to the negotiations. His debut for the promotion has yet to be made official.
His most recent fight was just in February, where he was given a split-decision nod over Che Mills. Though the fight was close on the scorecards of the judges, not many other people who watched the fight felt it was that close. Most had Matt Riddle winning a clear decision. However, in a post-fight drug test, Riddle tested positive for marijuana.
Although he does hold a medical marijuana license in Nevada, that doesn't excuse him from the result of the test. He is still expected to follow policies set forth by state athletic commissions when he is training for a fight. It was his second such positive test in less than a year, and subsequently, the UFC decided to give him his walking papers.
When Matt Riddle does make his first appearance for Legacy FC, it will be his first fight as a pro outside of the UFC. When he debuted on "The Ultimate Fighter 7," he had no fights in any other organizations. This rarity will likely never be accomplished again since the UFC has changed requirements for contestants on the show. No longer will fighters be allowed to compete in the Octagon if they have yet to appear elsewhere. He made twelve trips to the Octagon, winning his last four, though two were overturned because of failed drug tests..
The next event for Legacy FC takes place in Allen, Texas on April 12. It will feature a flyweight title fight between champion Will Campuzano (11-4) and undefeated Brazilian Alan Nascimento (7-0). Also on the card, undefeated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion Robert Drysdale (5-0), who has won all of his fights by first round submission, will face off against DJ Linderman (13-4).