UFC Releases Statement Confirming Matt Riddle’s Termination Following Positive Drug Test

February 27, 2013
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26-Matt-Riddle-UFC-143-wMatt Riddle came out of UFC on Fuel TV 7 with a split decision victory over Che Mills, or so he thought.

A post-fight drug test revealing a positive result for marijuana, however, changed the scenario. The result was Riddle’s and marked the second time in his last three fights that Riddle had won, but tested positive.

Both positive test results changed the results of those bouts from a win for Riddle to a no contest, the latest of which also led to the UFC terminating Riddle’s contract.

Below is the UFC’s full statement on the situation regarding the test result and Riddle’s subsequent termination:

Matthew Riddle tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London, England on February 16, 2013. This is Riddle’s second failed drug test for marijuana within the past seven months. Riddle previously failed a post-fight drug test due to marijuana following his UFC 149 victory over Chris Clements.

As such, 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 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.

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  • Darin

    Wait a minute! Hold the phone! I thought a positive test for Mary J. resulted in an automatic TITLE SHOT!!!! I guess Riddle should have talked a little more $#!T and flipped people off more. I’m just about done with the UFC. DW is a hypocrite and a liar. There is absolutely nothing “strict and consistant” about the UFC’s drug policy. Diaz gets a title shot after a pos. test and Sonnen gets title shots in TWO divisions after testing positive.

    • RonnieV

      Darin, go back to watching casino fights if you don’t like it. I laugh everytime people mock the UFC’s business decisions. So many keyboard warriors would know how to run a MMA promotion better than the UFC brass. Riddle doesn’t bring in the money, Diaz does! Figure it out!

      • Darin

        That is not my problem. My problem is with the lying and hypocrisy. If Dan Hardy gets to lose twice as many fights as other fighters because he puts butts in seats, then SAY it. Don’t insult my intelligence by telling me that Riddle is being cut because he smoked weed.
        Get it, Ronald?

        I laugh every time someone who thinks he’s OG presumes I’m some mma noob.

        • Jamie

          You’re insulting your own intelligence dude! Nick Diaz sells tickets…it’s a business!

          • Nick Diaz is also the most exciting fighter in MMA.

          • macgrubber

            According to who? You? ur a joke bro. Diaz is one of the most boring fighters to watch.

          • RonnieV

            Boring??? Come on, even if you hate DIAZ, HE IS FAR FROM BORING

          • Mark McDowall

            Your right Diaz does sell tickets…BUT if you make a statement like “The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents.”

            It shouldn’t matter who it is. Selling tickets or no…that makes that statement and said policy total BS.

          • Madmaax9

            My thoughts exactly. But as unfair as it is, White can’t just come out and say they strict policy unless you sell fights. Thing is, he’s not fooling anyone though

          • Mark McDowall

            Exactly. Problem is who is going to be the first big name fighter to be made an example of?

          • adam1848

            Just to play devils advocate, this was Diaz’s first drug suspension in the UFC…as far as I know. His other was in Pride, and was a long time ago…not seven months ago, as was the case with Riddle. Diaz got suspended for a year, and lost 30% of his purse, which was probably $65,0000+ dollars. Seems like a pretty strict policy to me.

          • Mark McDowall

            True. But the issue is that Diaz’s first suspension was in Nevada so yes its his first strike in the UFC, but second with a major AC in the US. Doesn’t matter what the UFC wants to do…if he can’t get licensed then he’s useless.

            I think at the end of the day its going to depend on the fighter who gets caught, which makes their “consistant policy” stupid.

        • marcus miles

          Haha im with you. it makes me laug as well.Calling people noobs its the most chliche thing to say on this site. But he is right, it is buisness but big buisness kills off any purity of any subject matter at hand.

        • RonnieV

          OG??? Not sure where that came from, all I said is why mock the business decisions, when they are the only MMA company making the right decisions. You see this type of treatment in Professional sports and the business world. Top sales reps can tell their boss to eff off if they are bringing in revenue, under performing sales reps get fired for showing up 2 minutes late. it’s reality!

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      • Chuck

        That’s rediculous

    • isa

      How many times does Dana need to say it ! This is a f***’n bussiness diaz/sonnen sell fights riddle lays and humps all day

    • bibcoy

      I’m sure the ufc is quaking in their boots now that you’re done with them. Lol. That’s like saying you’re done with the NFL. We might not like all the NFL policies, procedures etc…… but what is a football fan going to watch?? The Cfl? The Usfl? College? Non are viable comparisons to the pro’s. So grow up already I think the vast majority of fight fans are done with the whiney so called( by themselves) hardcore (really couch potatoes) fans always griping about the Ufc.
      If they ever go away , so will mma. Except for a few unfilled Indian casinos. No TV coverage no news coverage and a he’ll if lot less money for fighters. Meaning the quality of athletes will diminish back down to bar room brawlers. Sounds like a lot of fun genius.

    • Chuck

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Although I’m a huge Diaz fan!

  • Mike mckinney

    Here comes another 50 post of people saying she should have a pot card from California like it matters….

  • John O’Keefe

    Let me get this strait, weed is now legal but not for fighters. Isn’t this micromanaging an individual’s life? This is just another way for a regulatory agency to justify their need (pay) for no good reason.

    • Scottyp

      You mean steroids are legal but u can’t use them in a UFC fight. Drugs have medical purpose but are not allowed in competition. Can u smoke weed and be in any of the major sports? NO.

      • John O’Keefe

        Do you ban fighters for drinking beer? It’s not steroids and it’s not HGH…do you get the difference yet?

        • Cereal Killer

          WEED IS NOT LEGAL, YOU ****** ******!

          • R

            You are an idiot.

          • John O’Keefe

            You are nothing more than a mommy tit sucking little boy, lol loser

        • Actually fighters can’t drink beer prior to a fight. On the same day anyway. Pot is not allowed by the commission plain and simple. You may find this interesting as well…http://cameronconaway.com/tag/nutrition-for-mma/

        • Scottyp7

          If he had alcohol n his system when hefought he would be banned you tool .. Think before u post

  • b-soc

    He got cut because his last name is not Diaz.

  • Will

    the BS with this is matt has a medical card, he is legal, i don’t understand how he can be in trouble for mary j

    • Cereal Killer

      Not in this country. Look up the Federal Laws.

      • John O’Keefe

        and there used to be federal laws preventing women from voting. Just because the federal government has a law doesn’t mean it’s fair

        • Asa

          its his 2nd time in 7mnths! im not saying i agree but it is 2 times in a short amount of time. i know diaz failed more than once but it hasnt been in the ufc lately besides thayone., and he packs seats. im sure if alistar and nick and so on keep smoking week and doing steroids again and get busted again they will get cut too. u cant make money off fighters if they can never fight cause they always suspended. but yeah its polititcs but there always is in buisness.

          • John O’Keefe

            I don’t think your wrong, I feel that it’s a stupid waste to be testing for it

          • Asa

            i agree, steroids should be the only testing. but he signed a contract and knew the rules so hes an idiot! my job piss tests randomly so i dont smoke, its just common sense. few fights from now if he beasts somewhere else for a yr or longer and dana will give him another chance. he always gives guys more chances after time.

        • macgrubber

          The good ol days eh?

          • John O’Keefe


  • Bayou Boo-yah

    So is Che Mills coming back because of the ruled no contest?……….Probably not.

    • doug

      I think he should, cut with a record of 2-1 and 1 no contest. Both wins by ko and only loss is to rory mcdonald, surely that mills doesnt deserve his walking papers?

  • ok Marijuana is legal in some states.. so is testerone and steroids for medical use.. so dont complain about it being legal and banned.

    • John O’Keefe

      do you know the diffence between performance enhancing and recreation?

      • Scottyp7

        Your just dumb think before u post

        • John O’Keefe

          scottyp7, what’s wrong ScottyPeeJuiceDrinker was taken?

  • Cereal Killer

    Doing drugs in AMERICA is not legal! States do NOT override the Federal Government. I am glad he is gone. Go start your own country loser.

    • John O’Keefe

      uhm, beer has a drug in it so does coffee…and what about cigs. Why do you care so much what he does in his spare time? Does weed not meet you moral standing? It’s not steroids and it’s not even HGH, do you understand the difference. It’s for recreation not an advantage

      • Cereal Killer

        It is not legal. The UFC and the government told you not to do it if you want to fight. Beer is legal, Caffeine is legal. Illegal drug is what you can’t understand.

        • John O’Keefe

          Why do you care what he does in his personal life? By your rational I guess we should start testing Hollywood, maybe all rockstars too. Since it’s illegal I think we should test EVERYONE.
          If we do that watch how fast it becomes legal

      • Cereal Killer

        Weed is not legal in this country. Have you ever looked at the “War on Drugs?” Our country spends billions a year fighting it. You are a terrorist if you want to fight against my great country.

        • Jdm

          I cant tell if that was sarcasm or if you are a moron.

          • macgrubber

            How is he a moron? People are killed and robbed everyday because people need drug money.drug dealers sell more than just marijuana so by people buying it gives more money for the dealers to buy cocaine. People die over cocaine bro read a book once In a while.

          • John O’Keefe

            Yeah drug dealers die over drugs. good ridence

  • Sick

    the UFC has change so much over the years mostly bad stuff nothing is consistent they act like there all about the fans why they count there money these fighters fight there hearts out and hurt there body’s for are entertainment and when the UFC is done with them they just kick them out and really not impressed with the women’s weight class there running out of fights they will come up with anything to have a payper view every other day pothetic

  • The people complaining that Riddle got cut but Diaz received a title shot are the same type of people who complained when your schools high level athlete got special treatment from a teacher. It’s life get over it. Diaz is a high level fighter, former SF Champion and the bad boy of the business. The UFC spent a lot of money marketing Diaz when he came over. Do you think they are going to let him go after all the money they invested in him? No they are going to keep him around because he’s a seller and the fight with GSP is going to make money. Besides GSP asked the UFC for that fight, they didn’t just give him Diaz. And finally it doesn’t matter what anyone’s opinion on pot is. The point is the commission does not allow it. I don’t care if they don’t allow something as stupid as chewing gum before a fight. If they say you can’t do it that then that’s their rules. Even if you like to smoke pot there’s nothing wrong with the commission not allowing it. Do you need your pot that bad? Get over it.

    • Mark McDowall

      I agree with you 100%. But they made themselves look stupid by saying what they did in their statement.

      “The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents.”

      You cant use the word consistent because its anything but that.

      • It is nice to see that some people care that he lost his job though. It’s always sad to see somebody let go.

        • Mark McDowall

          Agreed. I think Riddle had a future as well…he put on some great fights.

    • Mcgiggity

      That is their right. Same way it’s my right not to buy sir PPV’s or products, which is what I do to express my displeasure in these situations.

      Dana has literally lost money by firing Matt riddle, even if it is only $50 from one UBS PPV. Perhaps more people will use this to justify not buying the PPV as well. After all, they can download it or watch it live from any number of sites. The cards are only getting worse with all these midget fighters anyway.

      Why alienate such a large part of your audience, when you have a choice not to? Seems like a poor business decision to me. I wouldn’t have a problem with them releasing him based on being a boring fighter or something like that. But firing a guy for smoking a doobie is silly. In fifty years people will shake their heads at how Matt riddle just got cornholed.

      • His employer said he can’t smoke weed, plain and simple. And I’m pretty sure the UFC isn’t going to be hurt by letting him go. This is is second time and look at his record. I like the guy to, he puts on good fights but you can’t be annoyed with the UFC for letting him go.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Your diatribe misses the point. Everyone here knows why Diaz gets a pass and Riddle gets walking papers. You’re insulting everyone’s intelligence and looking like an ass in the process. The issue isn’t right, wrong, legal or not, it’s Dana talking out his ass about the “stritct, consistent policy”.Nevermind the reason, it’s NOT consistent, end of story. Please don’t bother responding by saying it’s his company and he can do what he wants as I’m already aware of this and it doesn’t change the aforementioned point.

      • We’ll have to agree to disagree. And remember your talking to a guy who always sticks up for fighters. I’m hoping somebody interviews Dana and asks him about the “strict, consistent policy” so we can see what he has to say about this.

  • Jay

    It’s an unjust rule and must be done away with


  • Mcgiggity

    ******* ***. What a stupid decision by Dana and co.
    I hope the wsof gets huge and takes a huge chunk of their market.

  • PhranktheTank

    Regardless of whether it should or shouldn’t be a banned substance, currently it is. Riddle knows that it is, but was irresponsible enough to test positive 2/3 times. If I don’t agree with a policy at my job, it doesn’t mean I don’t have to abide by the policy. If I don’t, I’ll get fired too

  • George Sperry

    “The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use
    of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking

    Starting NOW!

  • Tk

    Wow i am plenty tired of seeing everyone bashing Dana’s decisions. If you dont like it dont follow it. Go watch the second rate bellator. Everyone on the planet knows the UFC has the best fighters in the world on their roster. If you dont like it dont watch. Their would be no mainsteam mma if it werent for dana and lorenzo. Pride was a freak show, fights were set up. Dont pop positive! Thats the message! F*** all your medicinal cards…. They are a joke! Be a real man and deal with your problems.

  • Bitoknowledge

    What I think everyone is failing to think about is that the latest actions could be a shift in the UFC’s policy management. These latest cuts could mark the beginning of a strict adherence to policies that have long been in place. And honestly, how many people can say that they can fail a drug test and retain employment? UFC brass have set a precedent here, they fired Matt Riddle for multiple failed drug tests. If another fighter commits the same violation and is not fired, then Matt riddle may have reason to file a civil case for wrongful termination.

  • John O’Keefe

    It’s stupid to be testing for weed

  • Darren

    Half the UFC are on testosterone and that ok but smoked a joint and your fired

  • Sir_Roy

    All this does is tell me thank god we have a Bellator promotion.

    UFC is dangerously synonymous with MMA. What that does, is threaten to turn MMA from a sport into an organization focused almost exclusively on the ‘business’ side of the equation – grinding out as many dollars as possible and be damned with sportsmanship and rules.

    Dana White is a business man which means, take everything he says with a grain of salt because his comments are calculated to the penny. Or, rather, the almighty dollar.

  • John Mathewson

    If Riddle didn’t go over to a boring style this would be a different story I think. Dana even said after the fight the kid started out an exciting fighter. Had a massive jaw breaking KO on TUF. Since then he has some wins but hasn’t drawn much attention. Kid is young and the UFC is known for cutting fighters and bringing them back. Nate the Great is fighting again after 3 steriod screw ups. This is just pot. He’ll go somewhere else. Get some wins and be offered back.

  • Danny

    Dude Matt riddle sucks quit your bitching