UFC Suspends Robbie Peralta for Failed Marijuana Test

Written by Tom Ngo
May 1st, 2013

UFC Robbie Peralta

What does Robbie Peralta (pictured) have in common with Dave Herman (twice), Matt Riddle (twice), Jake Shields and Nick Diaz? The featherweight joins the foursome as a UFC fighter who recently tested positive for marijuana.

“Problems” sure has some now. Peralta was issued a six-month suspension for flunking his post-fight drug exam following last month’s unanimous decision defeat to Akira Corassani at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Sweden.

“The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents,” the UFC expressed in Wednesday’s statement. “[Peralta] has agreed to attend drug rehabilitation classes and will receive a 6-month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again.

“The results of his positive test will be reported to the official Association of Boxing Commissions record-keeper.”

According to the press release, the UFC screened all 26 fighters who competed in UFC on FUEL TV 9. Peralta was the lone guilty party.

Peralta’s ban is retroactive to his April 6 fight date. Therefore, the 27-year-old can return to action as early as October 6.

He owns a 16-4 (1 NC) professional record.

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