Riddle, Rivera UFC 149 wins changed to NC

source: mmajunkie.com

At UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Matt Riddle tapped  Chris Clements to win a $65,000 "Submission of the Night" performance bonus, and Francisco Rivera stopped Roland Delorme in the first on the prelim card.

90 days after the fight, the regulating commission revealed that the two had been suspended. However, the suspension had little effect, as it was for 90 days, and expired Friday, as it was applied retroactively.

Now comes world from MMAJunkie of a more substantial change - the bouts have been changed from a win to No Contest.


Victories at UFC 149 for Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera will be wiped off the books and made no contests by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission.

Riddle tested positive for marijuana, while Rivera was flagged for an over-the-counter stimulant.

"It was the Commission’s decision to amendment (sic) the results of both bouts these individuals participated in to No Contest because of the positive test results and those amendments have been filed accordingly," the commission said.

Neither fighter appealed their suspensions.

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There is no word on whether the win money or Riddle's performance bonus will have to be returned to the UFC.


tags: Regulation   UFC 149   Matt Riddle (detail)  Francisco Rivera (detail)  


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easedel site profile image  

10/21/12 6:27 PM by easedel

I swear some people think they are smoking right before the fight & actually fighting high.I love that...over the counter but still tests positive? If it is so bad wtf is it over the counter? What was it so other fighters know not to use it since it is on the ban list even though is OTC.Shit like that is why i don't jump to conclusions about athletes when they "test positive" for something, unless its plain obvious

Tad Ghostal site profile image  

10/21/12 12:19 PM by Tad Ghostal

While you're under the influence, maybe. Trouble is guys are failing tests many days after any effects (positive or negative) have worn off.

themmaexpert site profile image  

10/21/12 11:42 AM by themmaexpert

That's too much logic for the meatheads to deal with.

oplix site profile image  

10/21/12 10:31 AM by oplix

It's illegal plain and simple. It might be legal to smoke pot in Canada but that's like saying I can drive while intoxicated. Alcohol is not illegal but being under the influence while driving is. Theres no need to argue this, trust me. In the real world there are rules and there are consequences for breaking them.

Dougie site profile image  

10/20/12 11:21 PM by Dougie

Sure it's a PED. You don't think it relaxes you and allows you to focus and deal with performance anxiety?

myjawhurts site profile image  

10/20/12 8:51 PM by myjawhurts

Not that I'm against it or anything but probably because it's illegal

cdmontgo site profile image  

10/20/12 8:38 PM by cdmontgo

It is being tested for because it numbs the senses and affects decision making, not because it's a PED. The competitor needs real time decision making capibilities in a fight. They need to be able to assess how injured they are. It is a banned substance for the safety of the fighters, not because it enhances performance.

YellowWrkedByTapIn site profile image  

10/20/12 8:34 PM by YellowWrkedByTapIn

Easy, BK. I believe he was cracking a funny.

Attila site profile image  

10/20/12 7:39 PM by Attila

That tide is quickly turning on how our society deals with and thinks about marijuana. Hopefully sanity prevails and they stop testing for it within a few years.

BaraoKix site profile image  

10/20/12 7:13 PM by BaraoKix

Another testament to join date not meaning a damn thing, when it comes to knowledge of the sport...