There is a performance enhancing drug war in MMA, and it’s on a substance that may or may not enhance anything outside of Cartoon Network – Marijuana. More and more, MMA fighters are getting popped for ingesting the sweet cheeba, the pot, weed, whatever you want to call it, and when the Nevada State Athletic Commission punishes the fighters it’s on scale with steroids and other substances that actually help them in the cage. It’s a scary situation, one where a bunch of paranoid, hazy-eyed martial artists are made even more paranoid. At least they are drinking lots of water.
UFC President Dana White discussed this situation to the media yesterday at the UFC 155 media scrum transcribed by Yahoo.
“Forget about PEDs,” “If we get into this system that we’re talking about where we would randomly test these guys, do you know how many guys would probably test positive for marijuana? It would be probably off the charts.
“If you randomly test them and then [the results] came out, you’d get the exact same suspension [for using marijuana] as you do for using PEDs.”
“I don’t even smoke marijuana, but it’s [expletive] illegal and you shouldn’t do it,” “OK? But the guys are going to get busted [for testing positive for marijuana] and they’re going to get the same suspension they would for a PED. When you take a performance-enhancing drug and you go in and you face another fighter, you can hurt him. You know what I mean?
“But [giving fighters suspensions akin to PEDs for marijuana] is just crazy. It’s so easy to sit there and say, ‘Here’s what you should do. Here’s how you fix it,’ but there are so many flaws in the system, it’s just not that easy. It’s not just, ‘Hey, let’s sign up this company [to test].’ There’s a whole [expletive] of things that would come about.”
“I do not think the penalty should be the same for taking marijuana as it is for [using] performance-enhancing drugs,”
“Everybody thinks that if you did this random testing you’d catch so many guys on PEDs,” White said. “No. You’d catch more of the guys on marijuana. That’s where you’d really bust a lot of guys. … We have 475 guys under contract and probably 400 of them would be out with marijuana.”
If 400 out of 475 fighters on the roster are on weed, then maybe it is performance enhancing? Let’s see here, 400 divided by 475….that’s almost 84% of his fighters.