“They are saying the UFC’s like a modern-day gladiator model, however I would not say each fighter in there is a gladiator,” Riddell explains.
“If you happen to look again at gladiators, there was gasoline for the fireplace – gladiators who simply went in there and obtained killed. That is the identical in MMA; there’s fighters which might be in there that simply go and get murked or are used as stepping stones, then there are actual gladiators that may struggle anyone, and I imagine I am one among them.”
The UFC light-weight contender has lived as much as that title all through his profession in MMA and kickboxing, doing so on the largest stage in MMA with two spectacular wins since becoming a member of the UFC.
Now, it is the inspiration behind his collaborative capsule with Australian fightwear model Have interaction. The capsule will embrace boxing gloves, a supporter t-shirt and Have interaction’s world-renowned MMA hybrid shorts, and is ready to be launched to coincide with Riddell’s bout towards Alex da Silva at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi in late September
Discovering inspiration for the capsule did not come straightforward for Riddell, who admits it took him a few weeks to land on his concept, however as quickly as he considered the modern-day gladiator concept, the wheels have been in movement.
“I obtained this concept from followers saying I fought like a gladiator,” Riddell explains. “Then the entire thing in regards to the Roman nostril, I believed ‘yeah, gladiator could be a cool theme to go together with’.
“It is a actually distinctive match for me; I really feel prefer it does present who I’m.
“Two fights into my UFC profession, however about 87 fights into my profession so I really feel like having my very own model like that is earned. I am fairly comfortable to have it.”
For Riddell, the theme is about pushing the bounds; to by no means be glad with what you have achieved and all the time working to get to the subsequent degree.
“I need to go away this sport with no stone unturned and once I look again I am going to assume ‘imply, that was progress, progress, progress’. I do not need to look again on these occasions considering I ought to have accomplished extra, I ought to have hustled extra.”
Metropolis Kickboxing teammates and fellow Have interaction-sponsored athletes Israel Adesanya and Kai Kara-France can even be releasing collaborative capsules within the construct as much as their very own fights at UFC 253.
“Nobody else is doing it,” Have interaction proprietor Ash Belcastro says of the choice to present the athletes inventive management over their very own capsules.
“We’re taking care of our staff and it is a means for them to specific themselves by way of Have interaction and being inventive. Martial Arts are a type of artwork, in spite of everything.”