Brad Riddell

New Zealand

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.
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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.
Remains unbeaten in UFC
September 26, 2020
Riddell defeated Alex da Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Full marks to Riddell for figuring it out on a night when he wasn't at his best. It didn't start out well for the Kiwi. He had all sorts of issues with da Silva's wrestling game in Round 1, allowing three takedowns and spending a good portion of the frame being controlled on the mat. When the fight flipped to Round 2, the momentum switched. Riddell took advantage of his tiring opponent and consistently battered da Silva on the feet over the course of the final ten minutes. When all was said and done, it was a clear 29-28 decision for Riddell. Part of the elite City Kickboxing camp, the soon-to-be 29-year-old Riddell is now a perfect 3-0 in the UFC. If you want to nitpick, you could say that all three of Riddell's victories have come via decision.
Targeting September bout
August 18, 2020
Riddell will take on Alex da Silva in a lightweight matchup at UFC 253 on September 26, reports.
Riddell will be fighting for the first time since February when he defeated Magomed Mustafaev to improve to 2-0 under the UFC banner. He'll be giving up a slight height and reach advantage to da Silva, who evened his UFC record at 1-1 with a victory over Kazula Vargas back in August of 2019. Generating some semblance of takedown defense will be key for Riddell, as he's been taken down 11 times in just two UFC fights despite getting the wins. Da Silva's approach is grappling-heavy, as he averages 2.59 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time over the small sample size.
Steals the show at home
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.
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.