Matt Riddle Released By UFC for Again Testing Positive for Marijuana
News broke late Tuesday night that welterweight Matt Riddle (8-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has been released by the UFC for testing positive for marijuana in a post-fight drug test following his recent performance on the UFC on FUEL 7 card. Riddle defeated Che Mills (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in that contest but later popped positive for pot and was given the pink slip by his long time employer, the UFC.
This is Riddle’s second offence after also failing the post-fight drug test following a win over Chris Clements. Riddle, who is a licensed medicinal marijuana patient in Nevada, has been an outspoken supporter of medical marijuana and claimed previous to his fight against Mills that he would continue to use pot until three weeks prior to the bout. Apparently that wasn’t enough time for the drug to clear through his system and he now faces unemployment.
Matt Riddle was a contestant on season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter” and has always been a crowd pleaser inside the octagon. He has only fought, up to this point in his career, inside the UFC octagon and holds notable wins over DaMarques Johnson, John Maguire, and now, Che Mills.
The organization is obviously keeping it’s fighters on a short leash but this instance has to kick up the question of what is being monitored and disciplined more strictly, the use of recreational drugs (marijuana most specifically) or the use of illegal PEDs? There have been several fighters that the UFC has caught more than once using PED’s but were not shown the door. So what do you think Penn Nation; is the UFC and the athletic commissions world-wide testing and punishing in the right manner? Let’s hear it…