UFC 149 Wins for Francisco Rivera, Matt Riddle Overturned Following Positive Drug Tests
and Matt Riddle
have had their UFC
victories changed to no contests by the Calgary Combative
Sherdog.com learned of the ruling on Sunday from a source close to
the situation. Last week, MMAJunkie.com reported that both Rivera
and Riddle received 90-day suspensions for testing positive for
banned substances following the July 21 event. Those suspensions
were retroactive to the day of the fight and ended on Friday.
Rivera tested positive for an over-the-counter stimulant, while
Riddle tested positive for marijuana.
The UFC issued a statement responding to Rivera’s and Riddle’s test
results on Friday.
“We’ve been informed by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission
that Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera tested positive for banned
substance following their bouts at UFC 149,” the statement read.
“The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of banned
drugs and performance-enhancing stimulants, including the
requirement that all incoming athletes be tested and cleared.
Therefore, we fully support the drug testing efforts of the Calgary
Combative Sports Commission and will fully cooperate with the
Commission regarding this matter.”
UFC 149 took place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada and was headlined by Renan Barao’s five-round win
over Urijah Faber
for the promotion’s interim 135-pound title. Riddle submitted
Clements with an arm-triangle choke in the third round, earning
a “Submission of the Night” bonus for his efforts, while Rivera
Delorme via first-round TKO.
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