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

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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