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Matt Riddle Using Dana White's Criticism To Succeed In Pro Wrestling

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 04/18/17


In an interview with MMA Fighting, Matt Riddle spoke about leaving MMA for pro wrestling and using Dana Whiteís criticism of him as motivation to succeed. Here are highlights:

On Dana Whiteís harsh comments after his UFC release: ďThat didnít hurt. I was just more disappointed. I spilled a lot of blood and broke some bones for that company, and to be talked down to, that was disappointing. But for me, it was more the fact he said that Iíd never be able to earn money being a loser and this and that. And I can honestly say, Iím making more money than I ever did in UFC, and doing it on my terms and loving life. Granted, Iíll never be Dana White rich, but I donít want to be. Iím not that kind of guy.Ē

On his slower career path in wrestling: ďItís funny, but when I did MMA, I got to the UFC so quick, so when I started (pro wrestling), I assumed Iíd get to the WWE, but itís taken me longer to do it. But Iím not too surprised. It took a couple of years getting the peopleís respect and their trust and becoming that character for them. Iím definitely not disappointed. I think itís better this way, for pro wrestling, to come up slowly and to build your way up. In MMA, if you go right to UFC and win fights, youíre the man. In pro wrestling, you canít just get that push.Ē

On how he wrestles: ďWhen I first started, they wanted me to do a pro wrestling style, clotheslines and dropkicks, that I can do. But Iím not a pro wrestler, Iím an MMA fighter. Once I started working for Evolve (in late 2015), they didnít want me to do clotheslines, or dropkicks or cross bodies, nothing. They wanted me to go out there and do MMA, do a fight. Thatís when I started doing open palm strikes, kicks, hard forearms, European uppercuts hard. Everythingís hard. I hit somebody, itís hard. Itís not soft and itís not a work. I donít consider what I do as pro wrestling. I consider it sport wrestling. When I hit you, I hit you, but I donít kill you. When I kick someone in the head, I donít kick you in the head, but to the body. The body slams, thatís real. If you like pro wrestling and MMA, youíll see Iím making sweat fly off fools and slamming them on their heads.Ē