The MMA Daily: Brad Riddell announces decision to step away from MMA ‘for a good while’ after UFC 281 loss

The MMA Daily: Brad Riddell announces decision to step away from MMA ‘for a good while’ after UFC 281 loss

Updated: 12 days, 3 hours, 33 minutes, 27 seconds ago

Brad Riddell has made the decision to step away from MMA competition following his loss to Renato Moicano at UFC 281.

Riddell’s first-round submission loss to Renato Moicano at Madison Square Garden this past weekend amounts to the third time the New Zealand lightweight has been finished in the space of twelve months.

Dissatisfied with his recent run, the proud City Kickboxing representative took to Instagram to share his decision with the world.

Riddell’s emergence in the UFC resulted in a 4-0 start for the highly touted Kiwi. His most recent win came via a unanimous decision win in June of 2021 opposite Drew Dober.

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The best of the rest

The soapbox

Robert Whittaker offers his thoughts on Alex Pereira:

Robert Whittaker on Alex Pereira: Did ya see the size of the fella?#UFC284 pic.twitter.com/jWyKHqGF1z— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) November 16, 2022

Gilbert Burns will fight anybody:

.@GilbertDurinho Burns just accepted a fight with everyone in the welterweight rankings. 🤣 🤣 🤣

Belal: I'll fight him.

Brady: I'll fight him, too.

Chiesa: I'll fight him, too.

Magny: I'll fight him, too.

Pereira: I'll fight him, too.

D-Rod: I'll fight him, too.#UFC283 pic.twitter.com/fxszafdnbX— John Morgan (@JohnMorgan_MMA) November 15, 2022

Paulo vs Conor in the works 😂:

Just to let you all know I called Conor mcgregor out to fight 3 times and ufc agreed but he said he was sick for the first and now he said he will be out to enjoy the Christmas with family. I wanted but if was only my fault. Proper Whiskey va Secret juice is going down

— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) November 15, 2022

Stone cold:

Alex Pereira’s family react to him winning the belt ❤️ This is beautiful pic.twitter.com/cfENMdKnuC— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) November 15, 2022

The simple life with Bryce Mitchell:

Life in Searcy pic.twitter.com/onLSWtFa9F— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) November 15, 2022

Gamrot wants Chandler:

Hey @MikeChandlerMMA if you still wanna be counted as a title contender, let’s make a war at spring and see who’s the better wrestler 🔥
Winner is going up!
Enjoy your well deserved rest for now 👊 @ufc @seanshelby @MMAJunkie @arielhelwani— Mateusz Gamrot (@gamer_mma) November 15, 2022

An back and forth over a fight that won’t happen:

Aljo you are the only champ who makes me look likable. I won the Gold and you won the Oscar. The only person you ever put to sleep was the paid audience. It took you 2 rounds to finish a handicapped juicebox. https://t.co/3gm36D2Rpq— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) November 16, 2022

The morning view

Brandon Moreno’s teammate gives some insight into his preparation for UFC 283:

Alex Volkanovski recaps UFC 281:

MMA On Point details the 10 luckiest victories in MMA:

Laura Sanko talks being a pioneer in MMA broadcasting on the RSD couch:

Done deals

Wednesday Philipe Lins to replace Alexander Gustafsson opposite Ovince st. Preux at UFC 282 on December 10 (Per Ovince st. Preux)

Tuesday Shannon Ross to fight Kleydson Rodrigues at UFC 284 on February 11th (per UFC) Jimmy Crute to fight Alonzo Menifield at UFC 284 on February 11th (per UFC)

Roster Watch

Fighters removed this week: Shanna Young Silvana Gomez Juarez

Fighters Added this week: Miles Johns Tereza Bleda

Credit to UFC Roster Watch

On this day in MMA…

On the 16th of November, 2013, Georges St. Pierre announced his (first) retirement from mixed martial arts at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, Nevada,

After a tooth-and-nail battle opposite Johny Hendricks that resulted in perhaps the most controversial split decision win in UFC history, St. Pierre secured his ninth consecutive defense of the welterweight title.

During the post-fight interview, a seemingly shocked St. Pierre remarked that he was in need of a long break from the sport, and would be relinquishing his freshly defended title.

The Canadian remained true to his word and abstained from competition for the following four years before making a triumphant return at UFC 217 to snatch the middleweight title from Michael Bisping.