Brad Riddell puts on another classic performance at UFC Auckland

Brad Riddell celebrates victory at UFC Auckland (Photo: Chad Wood)

City Kickboxing has gone two for two so far at UFC Auckland with Brad Riddell banking another win for the team.

Up against a tough Dagestani in Magomed Mustafaev, Riddell was forced to show all of his martial arts skills and prove to the world he is far more than just a Muay Thai fighter.

Riddell started the fight strongly dropping Mustafaev with a straight right-hand mid-way through the first round and immediately going in for the finish. Mustafaev managed to withstand the flurry and use a heel hook attempt to work his way to his feet and force a grappling exchange.

Riddell showed excellent composure as he shut down Mustafaev’s wrestling offense throughout the fight.

On the feet, it was all Riddell as he took away the lead leg and continued to get the better of the striking exchanges.

Mustafaev wanted none of Riddell’s striking, continually forcing the grappling against the fence but not being able to score any real damage or take the fight to the mat.

A head clash produced a cut on Riddell, but it only seemed to spur him on as he continued to mount the pressure until the final bell.

Despite clearly inflicting the most damage, one judge scored the fight to Mustafaev, with Riddell ending up taking away a split decision win.

Speaking to the media after the fight, Riddell confirmed he called out Alexander Hernandez and not Alexander Gustafson in his post-fight interview with Dan Hardy.

The win is Riddell’s second in the UFC after beating Jamie Mullarkey at UFC 243 in Melbourne last November. The win brings his professional record to 8-1.

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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.