Former UFC welterweight Matt Riddle was released by the promotion following his second failed drug test for marijuana in his last three fights. Both of the fights were initially wins for Riddle, but they were overturned to a no contest from the governing bodies. Immediately following his release, Riddle signed on with Legacy Fighting Championship but he has already decided to leave for a new home.
News surfaced late Friday night that Riddle has agreed to join Bellator.
AXS TV’s Inside MMA broke the news:
— Inside MMA (@InsideMMAaxstv) May 18, 2013
Luckily for Riddle, there are reports that Bellator doesn’t drug test their fighters on a consistent basis, so that could end up being a benefit for him while he tries to get a few more wins under his belt. He is very open about his marijuana usage and he smokes legally, as he proved to everyone on Twitter.
However, there is a time and place for everything and the final stages of your training camp is not the appropriate time.
Riddle is a very talented fighter who has just made poor choices leading up to fights, so hopefully he will be able to pass whatever tests he undergoes.