UFC featherweight Robbie Peralta has been suspended from the UFC after he failed a drugs test following his latest fight at UFC On Fuel TV 9 last month.
Peralta was found to have marijuana metabolites in his system and as such he now faces six months on the sidelines and must attend a drug rehabilitation program.
At the event Peralta picked up his first loss in the UFC, dropping a decision to Akira Corassani, leaving him with a 2-1 (1nc) record in the UFC and a 16-4 (1nc) record overall.
As ever I continue to be amazed that despite all the fighters that have been caught for marijuana over the past year or two that others like Peralta haven’t taken heed and changed their ways.
Having said that, UFC exec Marc Ratner has been trying to push for commissions to take a more lenient view regarding this drug in particular given that it appears to have no real performance-enhancing properties. In the mean time, though rules are rules and for someone like Peralta who likely only received $8,000 for his last fight it’d probably be a good idea to follow them rather than face the prospect of six months where you’re unable to make a living from fighting.