Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Matt Riddle celebrates defeating Chris Clements (not pictured) welterweight bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Issues Statement on Release of Matt Riddle

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Matt Riddle has fought his entire professional mixed martial arts career in the octagon, but after a second failed drug test for marijuana within three fights, Riddle has been released by the organization.

Here is the UFC’s statement on Riddle’s release:

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.

It’s unfortunate to see Riddle self destruct and smoke his way out of the UFC and rob us of more highlight kicks like this one, but he needed to show more discipline.

Instead of being on a four-fight win streak and sitting at 9-3 with good standing in the welterweight division, Riddle will be 7-3 with two no contests and standing in the unemployment line.

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