Worn professional kickboxer Riddell (9-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on 2007 NCAA Division I wrestling champion Gregor Gillespie (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at Saturday’s match on the UFC Apex. The evening’s main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2.
It’s an absolute clash of kinds, and Riddell said he’s fascinated by the prospects.
“We’re love polar opposites honest? It’s love who will get to abolish off their skill first,” Riddell informed journalists, including MMA Junkie, at a Wednesday media day earlier than the match. “I think it’s some distance more straightforward to learn find out how to upward thrust up and find abet to striking than strive to preserve up to a in reality, very excessive-level striker, in instruct that’s a mountainous point of interest of mine. I’m in reality furious to fight Gregor and undercover agent where my wrestling is against love, an All-American. That’s love the pinnacle right here, and it’s going to be frosty to envision myself against that.”
It’s a mountainous second for the 29-year-dilapidated Riddell, a member of Contemporary Zealand’s distinguished City Kickboxing crew. It’s his first career fight in Las Vegas, and the contest serves as Saturday’s co-main match on ESPN. Add in the reality that Gillespie sits at No. 13 in the most contemporary USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie light-weight rankings, and “Quake” says it’s all upside for him.
“Everything this week is particular now as a consequence of I’m love co-main match, fighting a ranked guy,” Riddell said. “I find to fight in Vegas, and that’s three gorgeous frosty things.”
How frosty this would be on fight evening remains to be seen. After all, along with his striking advantage, he would be looking at a highlight-reel finish. Nonetheless, Gillespie’s dominant wrestling could maybe well additionally be aware for an awfully no longer easy evening, as properly.
“I’m fully ready for every,” Riddell said. “I spent a camp preparing for the particular Gregor, and the particular Gregor is big at getting you down and keeping you down, so I’m obviously going to steer distinct of that every one costs and keep on with my bread and butter.”
If Riddell can convey, this can certainly be a mountainous second in his career. Unbeaten in the UFC, delivering a victory over a ranked opponent – mountainous accomplishments on their bear. Nonetheless Riddell believes that if he can sing their own praises the sector that striking is only phase of his recreation, he can obtain some proper waves at light-weight moving forward.
“I do know rather a few other folks didn’t desire to fight Gregor, so I used to be extra than appealing,” Riddell said. “Throw me that bone. I’ll like it.
“I’ll find this win, after which against a wrestler of that caliber, it’s going to obtain rather a few other folks above in these rankings a little nervous, I think.”
To stumble on the stout media availability with Riddell, check out the video above.