As previously reported, Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera both found themselves on the shelf for 90 days behind failed post-fight drug tests at UFC 149, which took place Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Riddle (7-3) earned a “Submission of The Night” victory over Chris Clements, while Rivera (9-2) took a devastating first-round knockout over Roland Delorme.
Both fighters carried out a 90-day retroactive suspension, having their wins overturned and changed to “no contests” by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission, who have confirmed that Riddle was suspended for marijuana and Rivera for an over-the-counter stimulant.
The UFC issued a statement on the situation on Friday as the suspensions would come to an end.
“We’ve been informed by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission that Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera tested positive for banned substances following their bouts at UFC 149. UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of banned drugs and performance-enhancing stimulants, including the requirement that all incoming athletes be tested and cleared. Therefore, we fully support the drug testing efforts of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and will fully cooperate with the Commission regarding this matter.”