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Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera Wins Overturned After Failed UFC 149 Drug Tests

Written by Tom Ngo
October 20th, 2012
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The Calgary Combative Sports Commission, the governing body who sanctioned UFC 149 inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Canada, has overturned the victories Matt Riddle (Pictured) and Francisco Rivera earned in the event to no contests after both athletes failed their post-fight drug tests.

Riddle initially collected an impressive submission win over Chris Clements, while Rivera knocked out Roland Delorme in highlight reel fashion.

“It was the Commission’s decision to [amend] the results of both bouts these individuals participated in to No Contest because of the positive test results and those amendments have been filed accordingly,” the committee expressed in a statement obtained by MMAJunkie.

The same media outlet first reported the flunked exams this past week. Riddle allegedly registered positive for marijuana and Rivera was popped for an over-the-counter stimulant. Both contestants were suspended for 90 days, which expired Friday because the ban was retroactive to their July 21st fight date.

The Calgary Combative Sports Commission did not disclose what substances Riddle and Rivera had in their systems.

The UFC issued a statement yesterday expressing full cooperation with the CCSC.

In addition to collecting a win bonus, Riddle also pocketed $65,000 for “Submission of the Night.” No word if either fighter has to repay the UFC their win bonus, or if Riddle’s fight night bonus will have to be returned.

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