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After suffering a unanimous decision loss to Akira Corassani at UFC on Fuel 9: Mousasi vs. Latifi last month, featherweight prospect Robbie “Problems” Peralta was just hit with more bad news — his drug test for the Stockholm event came up positive for marijuana metabolites. The UFC confirmed the news in a statement yesterday, adding that Peralta has agreed to attend drug rehabilitation classes, will receive a six-month suspension retroactive to the date of his fight against Corassani (April 6th), and must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. And just think, two nights ago Robbie was enjoying some “chocolate filled crapes with whip cream,” blissfully unaware of what was about to go down.
Peralta entered the UFC in September 2011, and went undefeated in his first three bouts, scoring wins over Mike Lullo and Jason Young, and walking away with a no-contest against Mackens Semerzier after it was a determined that an accidental head-butt led to the end of their bout. (The fight was originally declared a TKO win for Peralta.) All three of those fights were buried on Facebook prelims, so his UFC on FUEL 9 match against Corassani was a big moment, as it kicked off the main card broadcast. Unfortunately, the fight didn’t go Peralta’s way, and the follow-up weed suspension puts “Problems” on thin ice. Now, he’ll have to spend his Saturdays learning about the dangers of the Devil’s flower while Alex Caceres snores loudly in the seat next to him. Bummer. But hey, it could have been worse, right?