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Matt Riddle Fired From UFC Following Second Failed Marijuana Test

Written by Tom Ngo
February 26th, 2013
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It’s never a good time to fail a drug test, but with the UFC looking for reasons to fire fighters, Matt Riddle (Pictured) couldn’t have picked a worse time to flunk ANOTHER screening for marijuana.

Riddle revealed to MMAJunkie Radio Tuesday that he has been released from the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion following his second positive exam in three bouts.

“Deep Water” initially collected an impressive submission win over Chris Clements at UFC 149, but the fight was overturned to a no contest after marijuana was found in his system. Riddle posted a less than impressive unanimous decision victory over Che Mills 10 days ago at UFC on FUEL TV 7. The verdict will likely be overturned to a no contest, as well.

Mills was released from the UFC four days after the loss.

UFC President Dana White already ripped Riddle for his lay-and-pray game plan against Mills, so it wasn’t going to take much to get handed a pink slip.

Riddle is the owner of a medical marijuana license in his home state of Nevada. While the 27-year-old said he would continue to medicate after failing his first test, Riddle claimed he would abstain from smoking three weeks before showtime to avoid any urinalysis issues.

The strategy clearly didn’t go according to plan for the welterweight.

Riddle currently owns a 8-3 (1 NC) professional record. All of his scraps have taken place inside the Octagon after graduating from “The Ultimate Fighter 7” in June 2008.



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