UFC featherweight Robbie Peralta issues statement on positive marijuana test

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The UFC's latest flagged marijuana user, Robbie Peralta, has issues a statement explaining why he tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his UFC on FUEL TV 9 defeat to Akira Corassani.

"I just want to apologize to all my friends, family, fans and to the UFC for what I did. I'm going to have to suffer the consequences, but the main thing is that I apologize to all the people I let down - my coaches, my team."

"I've been going through some emotional things these past six months. When my grandma passed away in March, that's when I made the dumb choice of smoking. We had the funeral and had a few drinks and started making bad choices. I regretted it the next day, but I'm not here to make excuses for myself. I did what I did."

"It's good in a way so that I never make that mistake again. It's not worth it. It's not worth [jeopardizing] my career. I have a lot of things going for me right now, and I just have to realize that. All of this is new for me, being in the public eye, this whole thing. I'm trying to get adjusted to it little by little and just keep moving on. I just have to make sure this doesn't happen again and that I'm stronger mentally."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Robbie Peralta breaks his silence regarding his recent positive test for marijuana metabolites in a statement to Sherdog.

"Problems" failed his post-fight drug test in a UFC on FUEL TV 9 defeat to Akira Corassani on April 6, 2013 and was handed down a six-month suspension as well as the requirement to complete a drug rehabilitation program.

Peralta (16-4, 1 NC) was defeated for the first time in nearly three years by Corassani, which dropped his UFC record to 2-1 with one "No Contest."

Prior to the upset loss at UFC on FUEL TV 9, the 27-year-old was viewed as one of the top prospects at 145-pounds. While the luster Peralta had behind him a few months ago has seemingly dwindled, there is still a chance to rebuild upon returning from suspension.

The American took full responsibility for his mistake in the release, stating that some personal issues in his family led to a poor decision to smoke marijuana and ultimately caused him to test positive.

The suspension is retroactive to the date of the fight, which means Peralta is eligible to compete again as of Oct. 6, 2013.

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