Brad Riddell
Quake

New Zealand

Steals the show at home
LightweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Riddell defeated Magomed Mustafaev via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
It looked like "Quake" was going to make quick work of his opponent after a big overhand right dropped him in Round 1, but Mustafaev recovered and went to his superior grappling to stay in the fight. Though he struggled initially, it looked like Riddell had the takedown defense down in Round 3, wrenching up Mustafaev's arm to separate and land big strikes while back in space. Not much was expected of Ridell coming into his debut against Jamie Mullarkey at UFC 43, but he has now put on strong performances in back-to-back fights, which could make him someone to watch going forward.
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Added to hometown card
LightweightUFC
November 26, 2019
Riddell will face Magomed Mustafaev in Auckland on Feb. 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Riddell was born in New Zealand and trains in Auckland. He'll be looking to go 2-0 in the UFC since beating Jamie Mullarkey by unanimous decision in October. His opponent, Mustafaev, has a 3-1 record with the promotion.
Dominates in UFC debut
LightweightUFC
October 5, 2019
Riddell defeated Jamie Mullarkey via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Riddell was unable to get Mullarkey out of there, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Riddell was the more effective fighter in Rounds 1 and 2 before completely blowing the doors off Mullarkey in the final frame. Mullarkey's super human toughness was the only reason this fight ended up seeing the final bell. Riddell ate a couple big combinations from his opponent and his chin held up on each occasion. It was a dominant showing from a fighter making his company debut in a big spot, and the effort will earn Riddell a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
To debut in Australia
LightweightUFC
October 1, 2019
Riddell will take on Jamie Mullarkey in a lightweight matchup at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Like his opponent, Riddell is a product of the Australian regional circuits that will be making his official UFC debut. He does have a signature win on his record against current UFC welterweight Kenan Song, who followed up his loss to Riddell by starting 3-1 under the UFC banner. Riddell's best strength is his striking, due largely to his kickboxing experience -- he has over 60 professional victories, including one over John Wayne Parr, and multiple championships. Given those accolades, it's not too surprising to see him enter as approximately a (-150) betting favorite.