You won't be seeing UFC featherweight Robbie Peralta for the next six months. In an official statement released by the organization, Peralta (16-4, 1 NC) was flagged for marijuana metabolites following his unanimous decision loss to Akira Corassani at UFC on Fuel 9 in Sweden. This means that he gets to join Alex Caceres in the dreaded "drug rehab" classes!
The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. All fighters on the UFC® STOCKHOLM 2013 card were drug tested at the event and all fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Robbie Peralta.
Peralta tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout. He has agreed to attend drug rehabilitation classes and will receive a 6-month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. The results of his positive test will be reported to the official Association of Boxing Commissions record-keeper.
If you're keeping score, that's SEVEN consecutive events outside of North America with at least one failed drug test. Let's recap the list of offenders dating back to October 2012 at UFC 153:
- UFC 153 (Brazil) - Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman.
- UFC on Fuel 6 (Macau) - Thiago Silva.
- UFC on FX 6 (Australia) - Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran.
- UFC on FX 7 (Brazil) - Thiago Tavares.
- UFC on Fuel 7 (England) - Matt Riddle.
- UFC on Fuel 8 (Japan) - Riki Fukuda and Alex Caceres.
- UFC on Fuel 9 (Sweden) - Robbie Peralta
Five of the fighters listed (Herman, Silva, Riddle, Caceres, Peralta) tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Riddle of course was released from the UFC as a repeat offender. For international shows, the UFC conducts their own drug testing, and for whatever reason they continue to nab someone for a banned substance.
Two of the next three UFC events will be held in Brazil, so we'll know very soon whether or not this is very much a trend and not a "prolonged coincidence".