Brad Riddell is downplaying the fact he and his friend Rafael Fiziev used to spar. When Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 31 matchup between Riddell (10-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Fiziev (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) was announced, many had a hard time believing it was actually happening since they had formed a friendship over the years training in Phuket, Thailand. And while that’s true, Riddell explained he called Fiziev as soon as he was offered the fight to make sure they were on the same page. Fighting each other isn’t ideal, but Riddell says the UFC matched them up because they were the only ranked fighters available who were willing to compete before the end of the year. “I used to bump into him a little bit in Phuket when he was down at Phuket Top Team,” Riddell told Submission Radio . “And then when I left my job, he took over

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Brad Riddell on past training with friend Rafael Fiziev: ‘You can’t rely on some sh*t from four years ago’ – MMA Junkie

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