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Ex-WWE star Matt Riddle ‘would love’ MMA comeback in late 2024: ‘I want to do it’

Former WWE star Matt Riddle wouldn’t mind going back into the cage.

Riddle, 38, is among the couple of fight sports professional athletes to discover traditional success in both mixed martial arts and expert fumbling. An alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter 7, Riddle completed 12 times in the UFC from 2008-13 and has the unusual difference of being cut from the promo on a four-fight unbeaten streak due to a set of stopped working drug tests for marijuana. Riddle then rotated to expert fumbling, working his method from the indies approximately WWE fame before getting launched this past September following a five-year run with the company.

Riddle has actually considering that discovered homes with Major League Wrestling and Japanese goliath New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the latter of which saw him win the NJPW World Television Championship. But mixed martial arts still holds a location in Riddle’s heart, so he’s considering a go back to his roots in 2024.

“I got hit up by a couple people [in the fight game],” RIddle stated Wednesday on The MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Hour. “I got struck up by bare-knuckle boxing, and I got struck up by, I think, somebody from PFL, I believe it was a Dan Lambert, and he informed me to message someone — or some sort of messages passed and they asked me if I was interested, and I stated I’m certainly interested. Just, the battle’s got to be best and the cash’s got to be right.

“I haven’t heard back since, but to be fair, I’ve also been wrestling non-stop and doing that, because honestly, when it comes to money, it’s guaranteed money and I show up and it’s there. But I would love to step back in the cage or ring at some point. I want to do it at the end of 2024. I would love to.”

Riddle lasted completed in mixed martial arts with a 2014 cameo for Titan FC, scoring a second-round submission of Michael Kuiper to enhance his professional record to 8-3 (2 NCs). That battle was the only professional bout of Riddle’s profession to not come under the UFC banner, nevertheless much has actually altered in Riddle’s life considering that he pressed his mixed martial arts unbeaten streak to 5 directly.

Riddle spoke thoroughly about his WWE shooting, several rehabilitation stints, and numerous other debates in an honest and comprehensive discussion on The MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Hour. And when it concerns an MMA return, Riddle is merely trying to find the best chance. The TUF veteran stated he presently weighs 211 pounds however would want to cut weight for his go back to the cage. He likewise drifted bare-knuckle mixed martial arts as a possible brand-new detour to attempt.

“I’ll drop down to middleweight,” Riddle stated. “Depends. Depends on who you give me.”

“I mean, maybe give me somebody I can steamroll,” Riddle included with a laugh. “I’m not saying he does a job for me, [but] let me shake off the rust.”

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