From his UFC debut win against Jamie Mullarkey, to his Fight of the Night against Drew Dober, and his recent third-round knockout loss to Rafael Fiziev, Riddell (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been through plenty of entertaining scraps. He sees the same potential when he squares off against Renato Moicano (16-5-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) in Saturday’s featured prelim at Madison Square Garden but hopes he’s wrong.
“I don’t want it to be,” Riddell told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at media day. “I’ve been in a war every single time so far. I guess that’s like the people that I keep getting matched up with. They’re very durable, very skillful, and I’ve got another one. So high possibility but hopefully not.”
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Although Moicano only has submission finishes on his resume, Riddell rates his striking skills highly.
“The guy is good at everything,” Riddell said. “Good striker, good grappler, he’s a veteran. I’m super excited. I watched that guy fight, and every time he comes, and obviously he’s not lacking any heart taking that last fight (dos Anjos) on short notice, so it’s gonna be a bit of a barnburner.”
UFC 281 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNews and early prelims on ESPN+.
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