Matt Riddle and Tom Lawlor never fought in the Octagon, but they will get a chance to square off in the sports entertainment world on Dec. 7.
According to a release from Major League Wrestling, Riddle vs. Lawlor will serve as the main event for the organization’s upcoming event in Orlando, Fla. Wrestlezone.com was the first to report the news.
Per the release:
Following a controversial victory over Olympian Jeff Cobb earlier this month at MLW: One-Shot, Lawlor called out Cobb’s tag team partner and friend Matt Riddle. Riddle publicly answered the challenge last week and officials have now made the match official.
Riddle hasn’t competed in MMA since a second-round submission victory over Michael Kuiper at Titan FC 27 on Feb. 28, 2014. “Deep Waters” appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter 7 and went 7-3 with two no contests in the UFC. Both no contests were a result of positive marijuana tests, and he was released from the promotion after the second instance. He made his pro wrestling debut in 2015.
Lawlor’s last Octagon appearance came at UFC 196 in March 2016, when he lost a unanimous decision to Corey Anderson. Lawlor later tested positive for Ostarine in an out-of-competition drug test in October 2016 and was handed a two-year suspension by USADA. He is eligible to return to active competition in 2018.