Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera’s UFC 149 Wins Changed to No Contests

[singlepic id=97 w=320 h=240 float=left]At UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary, Canada, Matt Riddle submitted Chris Clements and won Submission of the Night honors for his performance. Francisco Rivera knocked Roland Delorme in the first round on the preliminary card of UFC 149.  However, following their wins, both fighters tested positive for banned substances.

As a result, their wins have subsequently been turned over to No Contests. Both fighters were also suspended for 90 days, but the suspensions were retroactive to the date of the fight, July 21st. Therefore, both fighters’ suspensions ended as of Friday. It is not known if they will be fined in addition.

MMA Junkie first reported the news and received a statement from the commission that read: “It was the Commission’s decision to [amend] the results of both bouts these individuals participated in to No Contest because of the positive test results and those amendments have been filed accordingly.”

The Calgary Combative Sports Commission allegedly found Riddle tested positive for marijuana. Rivera’s test was positive for over-the-counter banned substances. No confirmation was given to confirm what the fighters tested positive for.

Zuffa LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, released a statement regarding the matter:

“We’ve been informed by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission that Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera tested positive for banned substance 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.”

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