Last week, UFC featherweight Robbie Peralta became the latest fighter to test positive for marijuana metabolites. As a result, Peralta was suspended for six months and will have to undergo a series of drug awareness classes before being cleared to compete again.
Rather than deny his guilt, as many peers have done when put in similar situations, Peralta has actually decided to “man up” as it were. The 27-year old recently spoke to Sherdog about his status where he confessed to having made a poor judgment call in the wake of some trying personal circumstances.
“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,” explained Peralta. “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.”
Though the hit to his reputation and pocketbook weren’t ideal by any means, Peralta is trying to look at the matter in a positive light instead of focusing on the dark cloud currently hovering over his head.
“It’s good in a way so that I never make that mistake again. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth (risking) 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,” he concluded.
Peralta is 16-4 and had one nine fights in a row before falling to Akira Corassani last month and subsequently getting popped for smoking pot.
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