Matt Riddle Cut by UFC After Testing Positive for Marijuana

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Matt Riddle (right) was released from the UFC following a positive drug test for marijuana. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Following a second positive test for marijuana, welterweight Matt Riddle has been cut by the UFC, according to reports on Tuesday evening.

Riddle failed his drug test following his UFC on Fuel TV 7 fight with Che Mills in London, where he won a split decision over the homecountry fighter.

Typically, the local governing body, or athletic commission, oversees the drug testing for UFC events. England, however, has no such commission, so the UFC supervised the drug testing for the Fuel event where he subsequently failed his test.

Riddle first tested positive for marijuana following UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The second failure in London, apparently, was enough for UFC brass to handle and Riddle was let go from the company.

Riddle’s name is added to the growing list of former UFC fighters that have been cut from the promotion. Last week, news broke that 16 fighters, including top-10 ranked Jon Fitch, were let go from the promotion. Riddle’s opponent last opponent, Mills, was included on that cut list.

UFC president Dana White went on to say that Fitch’s cut made sense for a number of reasons, including being too expensive.

News of Riddle’s release was first reported by

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There are 12 comments for this article
  1. Ley Cam Mac at 7:23 pm

    UFC+their bs fighters+there bs regulations and rules=POLITICS and some pisss and stuff.
    bottom line real martial artists will take on any fighter on drugs or not, in fact I would say MMJ would reduce a persons ability to react, also why don't we fire all the ones that take the protien boosters straight from the chemistry lab, when did chemicals that inhance growth by say 10000% suddenly become good for you lol?

  2. Kirstie Gannaway at 9:19 pm

    If their going to do it, then do it but be f***ing consistent.
    Not be selective, using it as an excuse and to the UFC's advantage the moment they decide they want to kick a fighter.
    The fact that Riddle gets cut for drugs, yet Sonnen and Diaz are still around just goes to show how BS-fuelled the UFC has become, but then again, who doesn't already know that..

  3. Kirstie Gannaway at 9:30 pm

    OH and answer to the question, hell yes they should get cut for smoking pot.
    Their jobs are to be professional athletes.
    The UFC's intention is to inherit, if not already have the best MMA fighters in the world.
    If that is genuinely the UFC's motif, then they would set aside their politics & BS and would respect the real fighters dedication and respect of the sport and themselves, the ones that make the real sacrifices to be the best…
    BUT that is obviously not the case -_-

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