Brad Riddell


New Zealand

Gets put on highlight reel
December 6, 2021
Riddell lost to Rafael Fiziev via KO (spinning wheel kick) at 2:20 of Round 3 at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday.
Riddell got off to a solid start and may have very well won a close opening round due to a solid combination that ended the frame. The numbers started to turn in the direction of Fiziev in Round 2, who had opened up a cut on Riddell in the process of landing 30 significant strikes. After getting clearance from the cageside physician, Riddell opened Round 3 with a few kicks before catching one from Fiziev and getting a takedown. Fiziev got right back up and Riddell unsuccessfully attempted another takedown. It wasn't long after that Fiziev recorded the highlight-reel finish. This was an airtight matchup on paper and proved to be one of the better contests of the evening, and even though Riddell snapped a four-fight winning streak to begin his UFC tenure, his stock didn't drop a ton here.
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Looking to crack top-10
September 2, 2021
Riddell will take on Rafael Fiziev in a lightweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Dec. 4, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of USA Today report.
After starting his UFC run with a perfect 4-0 record featuring two Fight of the Night bonuses, Riddell will get another step up in competition as he looks to crack the top-10 of the lightweight rankings. Riddell will face a high-volume striker in Fiziev, but he should see his openings on offense, as Fiziev absorbs more significant strikes per minute than he delivers. Also in favor of Riddell is offensive wrestling volume, though Fiziev has never been taken down in five UFC fights. Riddell will give up an inch in height, while both men sport 71-inch reaches.
Digs deep to get past Drew Dober
June 12, 2021
Riddell defeated Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
This was by far the biggest test of Riddell's career and he passed it with flying colors. Riddell could have packed his bags and gone back to New Zealand following a straight shot from Dober which flattened him in Round 1, but he managed to survive and gain the momentum over the course of the final ten minutes. Riddell's biggest moment of the fight came with just seconds left. He popped Dober and followed up with some big shots and a submission attempt before the clock expired. If nothing else, this performance showed Riddell -- who trains with Israel Adesanya and the crew at City Kickboxing -- is a legitimate top-15 lightweight. He'll not only get his win bonus here, but will take home another $50,000 after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors. The 29-year-old should be primed for a big bout his next time out. Riddell is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC.
Facing Dober in June
April 18, 2021
Riddell will face Drew Dober at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
While Riddell's postponed fight with Gregor Gillespie has yet to be rescheduled, Riddell will turn his attention to a bout with Drew Dober in June. Riddell hasn't fought since September of 2020 when he bested Alex da Silva via unanimous decision to remain unbeaten in the UFC. Riddell will look to use his wrestling game as an advantage against Dober, who struggled in that area in his last fight against Islam Makhachev.
Won't be fighting Saturday
March 20, 2021
Riddell's fight against Gregor Gillespie at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday night has been canceled and postponed to a later date due to COVID-19 protocols, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
The UFC didn't provide any follow-up information as to why the protocols were put into place for the two fighters so it remains a mystery who received a positive COVID-19 test. Riddell and Gillespie have been taken of Saturday night's card, however, the UFC already confirmed that they plan to reschedule the fight for a later date.
Facing Gregor Gillespie
February 19, 2021
Riddell will take on Gregor Gillespie on March 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Riddell will be looking to improve to 4-0 as a UFC fighter. He's won decision victories in all three of his fights for the promotion thus far, most recently beating Alex da Silva Coelho in September. Gillespie had started his UFC career with six straight wins before getting knocked out in the first round by Kevin Lee in November of 2019. He didn't fight at all in 2020.