UFC Addresses Matt Riddle Firing Over Marijuana

Written by Tom Ngo
February 27th, 2013

UFC Matt Riddle

Matt Riddle (Pictured) has officially smoked himself out of the UFC. On Wednesday evening, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion confirmed yesterday’s report that the welterweight was fired after marijuana was found in his system for the second time in three fights. 

“Matthew Riddle tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London, England on February 16, 2013,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “This is Riddle’s second failed drug test for marijuana within the past seven months. Riddle previously failed a post-fight drug test due to marijuana following his UFC 149 victory over Chris Clements.

“As such, the UFC organization is exercising its right to terminate Riddle for breach of his obligations under his Promotional Agreement as well as the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. The outcome of the bout against Che Mills was changed to a no contest and the results of the positive test will be reported to the official Association of Boxing Commissions MMA record-keeper.”

Mills was released from the UFC four days after the loss. The press release didn’t mention if Mills would now be retained.

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.

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 given the company’s recent firing spree.

Riddle now owns a 7-3 (2 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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