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Matt Riddle’s Marijuana Suspension (Which You Didn’t Even Know About) Ends Today


(This guy? A smoker? Impossible.)

Following his submission-of-the-night victory over Chris Clements at UFC 149, Matt Riddle tested positive for marijuana, according to a new report from MMAJunkie. The Calgary Combative Sports Commission suspended Riddle for 90 days retroactive to the July 21 event, which means the TUF 7 vet will be out of action until…well, today. Crisis averted.

For UFC fighters — most of whom don’t compete more than once every three months anyway — the 90-day suspension is more of a “hey bro, not cool” kind of gesture, rather than something that’s actually punitive; all it really prevented Riddle from doing was taking an ill-advised short-notice fight directly after his last appearance. Then again, the UFC still hasn’t scheduled his next fight, so maybe they’re going to make him stew for a bit. Riddle’s just lucky this happened in Canada rather than Nevada, or he could have been out of action for an entire year.

Of course, this raises an obvious question: If Riddle was smoking weed before his last fight, what kind of drugs was he on when he fought Sean Pierson? The LSD that Paulo Filho makes in his bathtub?

Bantamweight Francisco Rivera also caught a 90-day suspension at UFC 149, after testing positive for an undisclosed over-the-counter stimulant following his knockout win over Roland Delorme.

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Mr_Misanthropy- October 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Weighing in with performance enhancing sunglasses- what a cheater!
Fried Taco- October 19, 2012 at 9:36 am
He didn't look like a pot smoker to me, until I saw the tattoo on his back:

http://www.anorak.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/tattoos-marijuana/marijuana_tattoos_15.jpg
OnelegflyinAxKick- October 19, 2012 at 7:09 am
Did their wins get overturned to NC?
MorningwoodII- October 19, 2012 at 6:57 am
Dude, where's my interim title?
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