Brad ‘Quake’ Riddell will become New Zealand’s sixth current homegrown UFC fighter alongside Adesanya, Hooker, and fellow City Kickboxing teammates Kai Kara-France and Shane Young when he debuts in UFC 243 in Melbourne on October 6th.
Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed Riddell’s signing and was told the news in front of his teammates at City Kickboxing in Auckland by UFC flyweight Kai Kara-France.
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The Christchurch-born fighter has long been tipped by many local MMA fans as the next Kiwi likely to earn a spot on the UFC lightweight roster. Riddell has had an extensive career in kickboxing and Muay Thai in which he had over 80 professional fights, seven professional MMA fights to his name compiling a record of 6 wins and 1 loss./
He recently fought Mikey Vaotuua at Wollongong Wars 7 where he showed an impressive display of wrestling to secure a unanimous decision win over five rounds. While that fight took place at welterweight, Riddell is expected to compete in the lightweight division in the UFC.
Now signed up with UFC, his promotional debut will be held in Marvel Stadium where sixty thousand plus seats are expected to be filled with combat sports fans.
Earlier in the year, Brad had a minor set back from an injury but was determined to join the UFC in 2019 said in an interview with EMG Access.
“I’m gonna finish this year off and then I’m going to fight in the UFC, it will be a good time to be in UFC, it will be a good experience. I’m heading towards my prime but I’m more excited than anything. I’m looking forward to change and a new challenge.”