"I've been smoking weed since I was 13 and look at me," Riddle said. "I'm in the UFC and I smash people with a smile on my face. It's not a performance enhancing drug. It makes me relax. It makes me happy. Honestly, it probably keeps me from beating my three kids because they're always screaming and crying at me and my wife's crazy and you know what life's like. It's hard sometimes and honestly, I like to go to my game room and rip a tube and just sit back and relax and enjoy a 20 minute show, go out, see my family, take care of everything I have to take care of, and that's what I do. A lot of people think it's okay to drink a fifth of jack and beat their wife. I don't."
Riddle, well-known as one of the wackiest characters in the UFC, wants everyone to know that he was just joking around, and the comments are not meant to be taken seriously.
"@EricHolden @examinercom hey just for the record I would never hit my kids EVER! Saying that smoking is my relaxation and just makes me nice," Riddle wrote on Twitter.
Riddle will be taking his talents to the Octagon on Feb. 16, when he battles Che Mills on the main card of UFC on Fuel TV 7.
Riddle thinks steroids aren't on the same level as marijuana, so they should be considered completely different punishments when fighters are caught using them.
"And honestly, I think it's ridiculous. The reason why they say I can't use marijuana is because it's a performance-enhancing drug," Riddle said. "Okay, I understand that. It's a performance-enhancing drug to you. Whatever. But testosterone isn't? Steroids aren't? And if you're saying I can't smoke because you need to keep other fighters safe or myself safe because I'm too high, don't you think you should keep others safe by not letting people using steroids into the cage? That's how I look at it."