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Event: UFC on FUEL 7
Opponent: Che Mills
Result: Won unanimous decision (Overturned to No Contest)
The ongoing struggle between medical marijuana users and MMA drug screeners continued in early 2013 when Matt Riddle turned in his second positive drug test in a 19-month period.
Riddle has been outspoken on his views regarding marijuana in MMA and why it's banishment is absurd.
I don't think its' fair. I don't really understand the process anymore because I thought if you have a medical license and you're prescribed by a doctor, all the guys are taking HGH and testosterone and fighting and getting the upper hand on people and I've already had serious injuries in my career already and I am only 26 and I am in serious pain sometimes and I use that. I use medical marijuana for my pain and I use it for everything else, too. I don't take anything else while I see all of these other fighters popping Oxycontin and taking testosterone and just beating themselves up, so you know. They can do whatever they want to do I am going to do what I do and there is a reason why I am who I am. There is a reason why I don't get hurt or don't get tired. It's what it is.
Were it not for his failed tests, Riddle would be on a four-fight winning streak in the UFC's welterweight division. However, he was released from the UFC after the second failure, and the Ultimate Fighter alumnus now finds himself fighting outside of Zuffa for the first time in his professional career.
Meanwhile, UFC executive Marc Ratner has requested that the Nevada State Athletic Commission revisit their policy on marijuana in MMA. Maybe that's good news for those who legally use the substance.