Brad Riddell
Quake

New Zealand

Remains unbeaten in UFC
LightweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Targeting September bout
LightweightUFC
August 18, 2020
Riddell will take on Alex da Silva in a lightweight matchup at UFC 253 on September 26, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
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.
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.