Matt Riddle Released After Failed Drug Test; UFC on Fuel TV 7 Win Changed to NC
has been released from the Ultimate Fighting
Championship in the wake of another positive test for marijuana
Sherdog.com confirmed the fighter’s release with UFC executive Marc
Ratner, who also verified that the welterweight’s UFC on Fuel TV 7
victory over Che Mills has
been changed to a no-contest. As that Feb. 16 event took place at
the Wembley Arena in London, the UFC acted as its own regulatory
body and oversaw the independent drug testing.
Riddle’s flagged sample marks his second offense, as “Deep Waters”
also failed his UFC 149 post-fight drug test for marijuana
metabolites last summer. The welterweight is a medical marijuana
patient in his home state of Nevada and had never failed a drug
test in nine Octagon appearances prior to UFC 149.
A cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7, Riddle earned
victories in five of his first six bouts before suffering
back-to-back defeats at the hands of Sean Pierson
Benoist. Were it not for Riddle’s two failed drug tests, the
27-year-old would currently be riding a four-fight winning streak.
Usually known for his excellent conditioning and willingness to
exchange punches, Riddle put his wrestling skills to good use
against Mills, continually grounding the Brit to earn the approval
of two of the three cage-side judges. With that victory now erased,
Riddle departs the UFC with a record of 7-3 with two no-contests.
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