The South Island of New Zealand has its first-ever UFC fighter.
Christchurch’s Brad Riddell has signed with the promotion and is expected to make his debut at UFC 243 in Melbourne.
Riddell was told the news in front of his teammates at City Kickboxing in Auckland by UFC flyweight Kai Kara-France.
Riddell has had a decorated career in kickboxing and Muay Thai in which he had over 80 professional fights. He has seven professional MMA fights to his name compiling a record of 6-1.
Riddell most recently fought Mikey Vaotuua at Wollongong Wars 7 where he showcased his grappling skills on his way to a decision victory over five rounds. While that fight took place at weltwerweight, Riddell is expected to compete in the lightweight division of the UFC.
Riddell will become the sixth homegrown Kiwi fighter when he makes his debut at Marvel Stadium in October alongside City Kickboxing teammates Israel Adesanya and Dan Hooker.
My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook. I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.