White: Riddle was cut because he's a f@$%!#& moron


Former UFC fighter Matt Riddle has made no secret of his use of marijuana, and holds a medical marijuana card issue by the state of Nevada.

However, regardless of state laws on the legality of marijuana, you cannot have it in your system when you compete in mixed martial arts, which is regulated in North America by state, provincial, tribal, or municipal government agencies. The same thing is true of course of alcohol - alcohol is legal, but you can't fight with alcohol in your system.

Riddle tested positive for marijuana at UFC 149 in 2012.

In an interview after the first positive test, Riddle discussed his use of marijuana, and offered some unfortunate remarks, that were presumably intended to be in jest.

"It makes me happy," said Riddle. "Honestly, it probably keeps me from beating my three kids because they’re always screaming and crying at me and my wife’s crazy and you know what life’s like,."

When he tested positive for marijuana a second time following UFC on Fuel 7, he was released by the company.

Rather than apologize, Riddle said he probably didn't want to come back.

"What I see happening is, a year or two from now the UFC calls me back after I've won probably like five or six fights, hopefully," said Riddle. "And I'll probably, at the time, say, ‘No.'"

UFC president Dana White was asked about Riddle at the UFC 158 pre-fight press conference media scrum, and was not impressed.

"Everybody's going to have an excuse of why they were cut," said White. "Matt Riddle did an interview before that fight where he said 'I smoke weed so that I don't beat my children' then he tests positive for it. He's a f---ing moron."

"That's why he's not here. He's cut because he's a moron."

White was blunt about Riddle's projection that he will probably say 'no' when asked back.

"I'll make it real easy for him," said White. "We just won't ask him."

What do you think UG? Is Riddle a victim of outdated laws? Too honest? Or is Dana right?


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smiter site profile image  

3/18/13 1:14 PM by smiter

This is an example of when not having good management bites you in the arse.No way would Alex Davis, Malki Kawa, monte Cox of let Riddle go on the MMA hour with Ariel and piss away any chance of not just a UFC return but even being able to use them for future negotiations.Terrible judgement on riddles part.

Haulport site profile image  

3/18/13 1:03 PM by Haulport

You're an idiot if you think that means anything. If someone asks you a question you don't have to answer it and you don't have to go off on a rant about it.What you posted doesn't invalidate anything I said and is totally meaningless.Dana needs to fucking relax. He could have easily moved along and not even answered the question saying that Zuffa had released a statement on the subject and they should refer to that statement.he doesn't need to call people names. Especially preliminary card fighters who keep failing their drug tests...

PermitMeFisticuffsBrother site profile image  

3/18/13 10:52 AM by PermitMeFisticuffsBrother

I think he can go back to the UFC on the strength of his TUF knockout. he will need to spend 5-6 fights in another org.

FinestScotch site profile image  

3/16/13 12:37 AM by FinestScotch

"UFC president Dana White was asked about Riddle at the UFC 158 pre-fight press conference media scrum, and was not impressed."   Maybe you should work on your reading comprehension and ease up on the caps.

GunnarWreckedMyAssHAOLE site profile image  

3/15/13 7:23 PM by GunnarWreckedMyAssHAOLE

Riddle is from one of the great white trash meccas of backwoods Muuurica & he is a goofy guy hence he can get way douchey if not careful....like thinking child beating jokes are funny

bekk46 site profile image  

3/15/13 7:13 PM by bekk46

Truth! Aha.

willienugget site profile image  

3/15/13 4:55 PM by willienugget

HexRei nailed it. Besides bitching about it everytime it's brought to light, how do we actually do something about this? It's one thing to be right. It would be nice to affect change.

Fobby site profile image  

3/15/13 4:55 PM by Fobby

You must be a moron...

HexRei site profile image  

3/15/13 4:39 PM by HexRei

It's because the urinalysis used is flawed. I don't think any of us want fighters stumbling into the ring stoned. That's dangerous and counter the commission's goal of making fights fair and safe. But the implementation of the tests commonly used by AC's today is incredibly overreaching and has absolutely nothing to do with enforcing that actual goal.

Haulport site profile image  

3/15/13 4:26 PM by Haulport

It's because people are VERY against pot being tested for in mma.