6’2 220 LBS DOB: January 14, 1986
The Ultimate Fighter Season 7 (Spike Television)
Matt fought Dan Simmler, an understudy of Matt Serra, to get into the Ultimate Fighter house. Riddle knocked out Simmler in the opening seconds of the second round and struck him three times in the jaw, breaking Simmler’s jaw in two places. It was called the biggest knockout in Ultimate Fighter history by UFC President Dana White and the knockout of the century by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Riddle was picked second overall for Team Rampage. During his involvement on the show, Riddle was given the nickname chipper by Rampage after noticing him always smiling.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008-2013) Record: 10-3
• Matt made his UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter Season 7 finale against fellow castmate Dante Rivera, Riddle won via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
• Matt won at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010 against Greg Soto. After a dominant first 2 rounds for Riddle, Soto landed an illegal up kick to Riddle’s head in the third round which rendered him unable to continue, giving Riddle the victory via disqualification.
• Matt stepped in for Siyar Bahadurzada on short notice to fight Chris Clements at UFC 149. Riddle won via submission after catching Clements in a standing arm-triangle choke, forcing him to submit at 2:02 in the third round.
• Matt was originally expected to face Besam Yousef on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154, replacing an injured Stephen Thompson. However, Yousef was forced out out of the fight with an injury and replaced by John Maguire. Matt won via unanimous decision
• He finished his UFC career ranked 3rd in UFC history for takedown defense (89.3%) and 8th for total strikes landed (1350
WWE (2018- Present)
On August 18, 2018 Matt debut at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV
WWE NXT Highlights
• At NXT Takeover: War Games II Matt challenged Kassius Ohno to a match and knocked him out in 6 seconds, for the fastest match in NXT history. Matt and Ohno had a rematch at NXT Takeover: Phoenix, where Matt won by submission.
• On April 5, 2019 at NXT Takeover: New York, Matt challenged Velveteen Dream for the NXT North American Championship. However, he would defeated Matt ending his undefeated streak in NXT. Paul “Triple H” Levesque was asked about the crowd being pro Dream and said “ With the crowd being pro-Dream in the North American title match, its good for Matt Riddle, who is always so laid back and chill, to be pushed to frustration and a new level of emotion. Nobody really lost at Takeover tonight.” The match was given 4.50 stars by renowned wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer
• On May 8, 2019 edition of NXT Matt defeated current NXT Champion Adam Cole, who was not champion at the time.
• At NXT Takeover 25 on June 1, 2019, Matt defeated Roderick Strong via Pinfall. Paul “Triple H” Levesque was quoted as saying the following about Matt “Riddle just has this charisma about him that makes you want to watch him. He's spectacularly fluid in what he does and his background in MMA makes him slightly different than anyone. He's the first iteration of himself. When you think about how long he's been doing this, he's just nicking the surface at what he does.”