Peralta cites death of grandma, apologizes for positive drug test

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Earlier last week it was revealed that Robbie Peralta had tested positive for marijuana metabolites after a loss to Akira Corassani via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel 9. Pertalta was subsequently suspended for six months by the UFC and will underog a rehabilitation as required by the UFC.

Peralta today released a statement, apologizing to his fans:

“I just want to apologize to all my friends, family, fans and to the UFC for what I did,” Peralta told Sherdog.com on Thursday. “I’m going to have to suffer the consequences, but the main thing is that I apologize to all the people I let down — my coaches, my team.”

“I’ve been going through some emotional things these past six months,” said Peralta. “When my grandma passed away in March, that’s when I made the dumb choice of smoking. We had the funeral and had a few drinks and started making bad choices. I regretted it the next day, but I’m not here to make excuses for myself. I did what I did.”

“It’s good in a way so that I never make that mistake again. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth [jeopardizing] my career,” said Peralta. “I have a lot of things going for me right now, and I just have to realize that. All of this is new for me, being in the public eye, this whole thing. I’m trying to get adjusted to it little by little and just keep moving on. I just have to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that I’m stronger mentally.”

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