UFC Issues Statement Regarding Release of Matt Riddle

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Matthew Riddle weighs in during the UFC weigh-in on Feb. 15 at Wembley Arena in London. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Following the release of welterweight Matt Riddle for a second failed drug test for marijuana, the UFC on Wednesday afternoon issued an official statement regarding their actions.

The company said that the positive test for marijuana metabolites was a breach of contract and violation of their conduct policy. For these reasons, Riddle was terminated.

“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 posted on their website.

“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.”

As GRACIEMAG.com reported Wednesday morning, Riddle tested positive for marijuana after his UFC on Fuel TV 7 fight with Che Mills. The failed test was his second, the first one coming after his UFC 149 fight with Chris Clements.

Both fights have been turned to no-contests.

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There are 15 comments for this article
  1. Bri Horn at 6:38 am

    I think there right to kick him these guys are role models to kids and taking any drug looks bad but… I think white wanted this guy gone coz his style is boring to watch grind up against the cage then lie on them bit like john fitch but it wins fights.

    • Avi Mosli at 11:24 pm

      so what they're saying is, Riddle smoked pot anywhere between 30 days and 3 minutes before the match in which he still beat the other guy…but the other guy could have been on hgh and still qualify to win?

    • Sunni Imhotep at 9:28 pm

      No they are saying that he got caught with marijuana in his system without a pass for his medical marijuana license. Therefore it is considered a failed drug test, and he gets a no contest.

      I don't completely agree with the UFC's decision but he should have taken the appropriate measures to make sure he didn't get in trouble for it.

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