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Former UFC Fighter Matt Riddle Signed To WWE NXT

Just three years into his pro wrestling career, TUF veteran Matt Riddle has made it to the big leagues.

Matt Riddle has graduated into the major leagues of pro wrestling just three years after switching over from MMA. After impressing a lot of people with his natural abilities, the WWE has announced he’ll now be a part of their developmental NXT roster.

Via the WWE:

Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.

The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.

The former UFC fighter first appeared on many of our radars on The Ultimate Fighter 7, making it onto the show despite only holding a 1-0 amateur record at the time. While he was eliminated from the tournament in the second round, he went on to build up a decent 7-3 record in the UFC … one that would be 9-3 if not for two post-fight drug test failures for marijuana.

Riddle was unfortunate enough to compete in the days before the trigger for a marijuana violation was raised from 50ng/mL to a more reasonable 150ng/mL. That didn’t stop the UFC from releasing him in 2013 after the second violation, even as they allowed fighters to submit therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone. That hypocrisy led to Riddle and UFC president Dana White getting into a couple of public spats over the years, with White calling Riddle a ‘weak minded dummy’ and Riddle calling White a ‘cold blooded asshole.’

They say success is the best form of revenge, and Riddle’s success on the pro wrestling circuit came fast, with the TUF veteran winning the Wrestling Observer’s Rookie of the Year award in 2016. Now he’s arrived in NXT and his many fans are filling arenas with his ‘Bro’ chant.

It’s at times like this where we have to wonder whether the UFC would have done as good of a job building Riddle up as he’s done for himself in pro wrestling. Many editorials have been written about the UFC’s difficulty in creating new stars, and when you see people tossed away by promotion gaining fame in other areas, it makes you wonder if something isn’t fundamentally broken about the way the UFC builds up (or rather tears down) its fighters.

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Former UFC Fighter Matt Riddle Signed To WWE NXT

Just three years into his pro wrestling career, TUF veteran Matt Riddle has made it to the big leagues.

Matt Riddle has graduated into the major leagues of pro wrestling just three years after switching over from MMA. After impressing a lot of people with his natural abilities, the WWE has announced he’ll now be a part of their developmental NXT roster.

Via the WWE:

Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.

The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.

The former UFC fighter first appeared on many of our radars on The Ultimate Fighter 7, making it onto the show despite only holding a 1-0 amateur record at the time. While he was eliminated from the tournament in the second round, he went on to build up a decent 7-3 record in the UFC … one that would be 9-3 if not for two post-fight drug test failures for marijuana.

Riddle was unfortunate enough to compete in the days before the trigger for a marijuana violation was raised from 50ng/mL to a more reasonable 150ng/mL. That didn’t stop the UFC from releasing him in 2013 after the second violation, even as they allowed fighters to submit therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone. That hypocrisy led to Riddle and UFC president Dana White getting into a couple of public spats over the years, with White calling Riddle a ‘weak minded dummy’ and Riddle calling White a ‘cold blooded asshole.’

They say success is the best form of revenge, and Riddle’s success on the pro wrestling circuit came fast, with the TUF veteran winning the Wrestling Observer’s Rookie of the Year award in 2016. Now he’s arrived in NXT and his many fans are filling arenas with his ‘Bro’ chant.

It’s at times like this where we have to wonder whether the UFC would have done as good of a job building Riddle up as he’s done for himself in pro wrestling. Many editorials have been written about the UFC’s difficulty in creating new stars, and when you see people tossed away by promotion gaining fame in other areas, it makes you wonder if something isn’t fundamentally broken about the way the UFC builds up (or rather tears down) its fighters.

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Midnight Mania! Former UFC Champion Mark Coleman Victim of Sexual Abuse by Ohio Doctor

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Former Olympian and UFC champion Mark Coleman is among the over 100 former students at Ohio State University to say he was a victim of a former doctor, who is accused of sexual abuse. Initially, he also implicated current Republican congressman Jim Jordan, who was an assistant wrestling coach at the time. Coleman said Jordan had to have known about the abuse, and did not intervene to end it. Via CNN.com:

“There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State,” Coleman told The Wall Street Journal about Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was an assistant wrestling coach during the time the doctor is accused of abusing athletes. “I have nothing but respect for this man. I love this man. But he knew as far as I’m concerned.”

Jordan denies that he knew about the abuse, and claimed if he had known, he would have stopped it. Now, Coleman has clarified his comments to CNN, saying that he has no direct knowledge that Jordan knew for certain.

“Maybe I spoke without thinking,” Coleman said Thursday. “This has absorbed my life. Since I’ve said that, it’s consumed me 24 hours a day, and I didn’t like the way it was heading, the direction it was heading.”

“I was angry and said words that I shouldn’t have said,” Coleman said. “He may have known about some locker room banter because we did joke about it in the locker room, but I don’t know of anyone ever reporting it to Jim Jordan directly.”

“I’m clarifying (the earlier statement) because it’s been on my mind for a long time and I feel guilty that this happened, and I wanted to clarify it,” he said. “Not change it. I said what I said.”

Jordan is looking to replace the outgoing Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. He expressed frustration at CNN for investigating the allegations that he turned a blind eye to the abuse.


Insomnia

Uh… Paul Harris…

Computer, enhance… yep… these motherf***ers are all on steroids.

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This is how Khabib thinks power works like this because that’s how it does work in the oligarchy that is Russia. (It just might work in this case too, who knows)

@danawhite please ask Donald Trump give my father a visa. #ufc229

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Speaking of Khabib

Conor McGregor with the Green Shadow Kick

First it was Bruce Lee. Now it is Conor Mac.

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Sometimes, Kamaru Usman gets a feeling… He gets a feeling that he’s never, ever ever ever had before…

Jon Fitch is one tough guy. I had forgotten how badly Georges St. Pierre was beating him in this fight.

Sometimes a little angle is all it takes

Nick Newell hasn’t given up on his dreams, or his “your mom” comebacks.

Boxers vs. MMA fighters on punch machines is fun even if it’s not exactly valid

Gervonta Davis offered to fight TJ Dillashaw, who threw some Lomachenko shade back his way

This before and after picture will give a lot of fans the nostalgia

Daniel Cormier has a sense of humor

This can only go well- Kevin Hart and Tony Robbins invested in PFL.

Jokes about pay are always funny because they are true

Rampage Jackson seems like a good dad, at least in this clip

Speaking of tough guys who have a lighter side, Stipe Miocic’s wife reposted this.

Jon Jones giving back to the community.

Tom Duquesnoy doing footwork drills

Tony Ferguson seems like a big lightweight but evidently he’s not that big.

Mike Perry sparring Jacare Souza

Yo I fight straight up murderers on like a daily basis #Platinum #MMA @Ajneste

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The lead elbows are tricky because half the time I have to watch the replay to see what happened.

Okay this was a WILD knockout from Shamrock FC that somehow I missed.


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Random Land

Oh, this is gold.

These ants formed a bridge with their bodies to…raid this beehive? It seems awfully inefficient to dip that far; but also, how did it form? Did it start on the ceiling and slump down to this upside down parabola?


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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman Claims He Was Victim Of Sexual Abuse By Ohio State Team Doctor

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Mark Coleman says he was a victim of a now-deceased Ohio State University team doctor who is accused of sexually abusing over 100 former students, he confirmed in a statement released on Thursday. The physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, has been accused of abusing his position to sexually assault students and university athletes, including multiple members of the wrestling team.
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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman Claims He Was Victim Of Sexual Abuse By Ohio State Team Doctor

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Mark Coleman says he was a victim of a now-deceased Ohio State University team doctor who is accused of sexually abusing over 100 former students, he confirmed in a statement released on Thursday. The physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, has been accused of abusing his position to sexually assault students and university athletes, including multiple members of the wrestling team.
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Former Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett Releases Statement Confirming UFC Departure

Josh Barnett has officially confirmed that he is no longer an Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete.
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Former Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett Releases Statement Confirming UFC Departure

Josh Barnett has officially confirmed that he is no longer an Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete.
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Former Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett Releases Statement Confirming UFC Departure

Josh Barnett has officially confirmed that he is no longer an Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete.
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Former Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett Releases Statement Confirming UFC Departure

Josh Barnett has officially confirmed that he is no longer an Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete.
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Report: Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida Signs With Bellator

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has signed with Bellator MMA after fighting out his UFC contract at UFC 224 last month, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports.
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