Riddle: 'I got fired over taking my medicine'

 

Matt Riddle came to the attention of the MMA community by breaking Dan Simmler's jaw, in what UFC president Dana White called the biggest KO in TUF history. Despite never having had a professional fight outside the UFC, Riddle went 10-4 overall in the organization, including a four fight win streak, or sorts.

Although he was awarded four wins in a row, two were changed to a NC for testing positive to marijuana metabolites. Riddle has been released for the infractions, despite the fact that he is prescribed medical marijuana by a physician in Las Vegas.

In an interview with BJ Penn Radio, Riddle discusses his shock at the entire affair.

“They (UFC legal department) hit me up yesterday morning and said I had failed a drug test,” Riddle told BJPenn.Com Radio. “I still don’t know how it’s possible; I quit smoking three weeks out from the fight. I’ve passed drug tests when I quit two weeks out from a fight; it’s just crazy to me. I asked for my numbers and they sent me a form that just said I tested positive for marijuana.  It didn’t say how much, it just said I was over the amount.”

”It is what it is I’ve failed two drug tests in seven months. There’s not much I can do I was prescribed my medicine and I’m going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don’t want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it’s just s----y, but it is what it is.”

“They said if I go out, win a couple of fights and pass a couple of drug tests, I’ll get a call back. At this point I’m going to do my own thing, I’m going to fight and hopefully it’s not too hard to line something up. I just want to get some fights lined up and keep moving.”

“It (Marijuana) doesn’t just help me sleep, it relaxes me. It also takes care of my aches and pains. I’ve had four surgeries since I joined the UFC and I had knee surgery before I signed with them. Even taking ibuprofen makes me sick, I get nauseous and it hurts my stomach. I can’t even handle anything stronger than that, I’m not allergic to it, I just can’t stomach it.”

“I never wanted to cheat, the rules are I can’t fight and have it in my system, I understood that completely. I’ve always taken precautions in the past, the only time I failed before this was when I fought in Calgary and that was because I took the fight on less than a week’s notice”.

“I still don’t know how I failed this drug test; I really don’t know how I could’ve failed it. I fluctuate like 15lbs. a day during my training camps because I workout two to three times a day. If it’s a hard workout I’ll lose about 7lbs. and gain it right back. I had 21 days, I know people who have passed in seven days, and I’ve passed in less time. I got a call from the legal department yesterday and I was just shocked.”

“It does bother me, for some reason the UFC hates people that smoke weed. The whole MMA industry for some reason hates people that smoke marijuana. I don’t know why, I keep to myself for the most part. I smoke weed and I fight. Usually I put on exciting fights or I dominate people, I always go out there and fight. It’s stupid that I got fired over a plant, but other people think it’s stupid that I just won’t stop smoking. I quit three weeks before my fight and this is what works for me. If you were me or lived with me you’d understand.”

 “I knew it might come up one day and I thought about going to talk to a lawyer, but for now I’m just trying to figure out my next step. I’m not too worried, but at the same time I just can’t sleep on it. The only good thing is the athletic commission didn’t suspend me because it was a UFC administered drug test. They can’t suspend me so I can fight tomorrow, but I’d fail a drug test tomorrow though so I’ll wait a month or so!”

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Officer Farva site profile image  

3/1/13 10:32 PM by Officer Farva

You said you would quit in enough time to pass a test then you failed. No excuses Cheech !

Il Duce site profile image  

3/1/13 5:40 PM by Il Duce

ok dwc, here's your vote up, little buddy.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

3/1/13 8:22 AM by time traveling 12er

That's a good point.  They really can just set the bar wherever they want.  But I'm guessing they're more than likely going to set it at whatever the AC"s set it at or less.  Because fighters getting suspended for pot is not good for the sport and not a good look for the UFC.  Also none of this addresses the fact that they can fire him without a positive test.  You're telling me that creating negative news that a fighter failed a drug test is worth it just because they can cut Riddell with cause?  For many fans being boring alone is just cause to cut even wiining fighters.  (Look at the number of signatures in the Cut Guida thread.)  Why create such an elaborate plan for the sake of this lower tier fighter? 

Chiron site profile image  

2/28/13 11:16 PM by Chiron

A lot of people seem to be letting their personal view on marijuana legalization influence their opinion in this case. But it really shouldn't.I don't smoke, but I'm all for legalizing it. That has no bearing though. Even if it were legal it would have no bearing on it.All that matters is that Riddle chose to be an MMA fighter and he knew smoking is banned by the AC and the UFC tries to play by those rules even outside the nation. Everyone knows this. He took a risk and did it anyway so there's no one to blame but himself. If he didn't know how long it can stay in the body or he needs it for his whatever, it doesn't change the fact that he chose to fight in the UFC under the UR rules and if he fails to abide by them and gets caught, it's all on him. I think the UR are retarded in a lot of ways and I think they should remove marijuana from the banned list.Still, I love coffee but if I chose to fight where the AC has authority and coffee was banned, then guess what? I'm not drinking coffee. It's that simple.

JunkieDog site profile image  

2/28/13 10:53 PM by JunkieDog

Fully agree that the rules are what they are and all fighters know it. So, no sympathy when you get popped regardless of your "reason".That being said, your comments about using pot for pain/performance enhancer... well, that's just retarded. Using your scenario, anything from aspirin and various anti inflamatory drugs are all "performance enhancers". You have to be retarded or simply a hypocrite to not see how stupid the policy on marijuana is. Amazing how easy it was for the govt. to convince sooooo many sheep that pot is bad and alcohol is good. Marijuana is still illegal federally for one reason.... $$$$.

Vitor the Taxi Driver Belfort site profile image  

2/28/13 10:04 PM by Vitor the Taxi Driver Belfort

I smokes myself some weed but Riddle's reaction to this is a bit upsetting. You can't really blame the system for what happened. You knew the rules and couldn't get you body fight ready for the tests....

Il Duce site profile image  

2/28/13 9:44 PM by Il Duce

I'm just gonna go ahead and vote you up when I get home.

Keahi60 site profile image  

2/28/13 9:38 PM by Keahi60

Damn. You guys are still talking about it being impossible to be physically addicted to weed.

dwc site profile image  

2/28/13 9:18 PM by dwc

I'm sorry man, you seem awfully confused. I'll leave it alone.

Il Duce site profile image  

2/28/13 9:13 PM by Il Duce

"He chose to quit 3 weeks out from his fight. Something that would have not been possible were he addicted."You just said if weed was physically addictive, he couldn't quit three weeks out. Thus, making it not possible to be addicted to weed, no? Is that not what you meant. Your response to what I said makes no sense. A heroin addict can stop for 3 weeks. An alcoholic can stop for a year. This is what you don't understand. Just because somebody can white knuckle it doesn't mean they aren't still an addict.