Two fighters suspended following failed UFC 149 drug tests


Following July's UFC 149 event, welterweight Matt Riddle was flagged for marijuana while featherweight Francisco Rivera tested positive for an undisclosed over-the-counter stimulant.

Both fighters were suspended for 90 days retroactive to the July 21 event, which makes them eligible to fight on Friday. The results of their respective bouts were not changed.

According to sources close to the competitors, both fighters declined to appeal their punishments and apologized for their actions.

Shirley Stunzi of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission, which oversaw the pay-per-view event, declined comment for this story.

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LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/19/12 8:28 PM by LilBrockonmychest

So wait...smoking brings out skill one does not have when not smoking but it is not an enhancer?

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10/19/12 3:58 PM by willienugget

"Can't they compromise by raising the allowable limit?"That's the one thing I don't understand about Nick's ordeal. It looks like NSAC raised it or completely disregarded it because Diaz's test came back under their previous limit.

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10/19/12 9:25 AM by Bearded Collie Herds Orca


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10/19/12 8:58 AM by Letibleu

I like him even more. He fixed my camera in vegas. He had weed odor on him then. I think weed should be legal, even in competition. It sometimes can bring out the best natural skill in someone without being an enhancer.When I competed in billiards, I knew 2 guys that would smoke right before their games. They as good as their best was without smoking. Made for better competition, and better jokes.

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10/19/12 6:59 AM by New Leaf 1.0

You won't test positive for smoking one joint 30 days out. Only really heavy smokers have THC in their system for a month. The guy who smoked once will be clean in a week, especially an athlete without much body fat.THC is also only banned in competition, so a guy wouldn't be positive or suspended for any of the prefight random THC positives.

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10/19/12 2:59 AM by dermotfix

"If you disagree, riddle me this one: " I swear to God, that was a totally accidental pun.

dermotfix site profile image  

10/19/12 2:56 AM by dermotfix

Can't they compromise by raising the allowable limit? They should take into account the half life of the drug. It can be detected >30 days after quitting.   I think this approach would suit pretty much all parties. If you disagree, riddle me this one:  If the AC policy is that random drug testing will start say, 60 days out from a fight. If a fighter did coke for a whole week-end, seven days before the test, he'd pass. If he forgot that he smoked a joint 30 days before the test, he'll fail. Happy with this? *   This should be relevant to the ACs' interests IMO.

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10/19/12 2:44 AM by GriffinQ

Shameless self promotion... What else is new

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10/19/12 2:41 AM by JimmersonzGlove

LOL @ a 90 day suspension.

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10/19/12 2:15 AM by Diazed And Confused

He got busted for pot in Canada, we aren't retarded.