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October 10, 2015

Former UFC Fighter Matt Riddle Talks His Pro Wrestling Debut, Signing with EVOLVE, Reveals He Had a WWE Tryout and More

Former UFC fighter Matt Riddle recently joined The Roman Show to talk about his Florida wrestling debut, quitting MMA, cutting weight, signing with EVOLVE, and his NXT tryout. Riddle will make his Florida pro wrestling debut with Superstar Live Wrestling in West Palm Beach at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2015. Click here for details, and below are some interview highlights:

The Ultimate Fighter contestant says making it to the UFC was faster compared to making it to the WWE. So far, he has signed with the respected independent wrestling promotion EVOLVE, and he also says he had a WWE tryout.

“I did a tryout with the WWE,” he said. “The tryout went extremely well went as well as it could. The wwe was nice enough to set me up with evolve and wrestle with them. It’s a process. From what I see it’s on the right track. It’s not like the transition I had with the UFC.”

Although the MMA fighter had a five year career fighting inside the cage, he says wrestling has been a career he has wanted to pursue. He started to train in professional wrestling at a high level back in November.

“When people see me wrestle I am not too bad,” he said. “I know what I am doing and I’ve been wrestling pro wrestling my entire life. I’ve had about 40 matches in front of a ring and a crowd but I probably had a couple of thousand in the backyard, you know what I mean. I’ve been doing it for a while just not at this level.”

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