Tere are plenty of fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division who’ve had more MMA bouts than Kiwi Brad Riddell. He’s not worried.

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“My career in Muay Thai has given me a calmness,” explains the 28-year-old, who has wins over the likes of famed Aussie kickboxer John Wayne Parr. “It’s a calmness that only comes from spending time in the ring – and I’ve spent so much time in there.”

“I know I’m fighting guys with more MMA experience than me, but in fight experience I’m ahead. I’ve had more total fights than them.”

Riddell dubbed himself “Quake” in homage to his home city of Christchurch, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2011. The disaster destroyed many of the buildings, including Riddell’s place of work, but it was also the catalyst for him moving to Auckland and building a career in combat sports.

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