UFC Fighters Are Allowed To Smoke Weed Before Fights

It seems that UFC fighters are having the right to smoke marijuana before a fight, all of a sudden. 

Honestly though, the rules haven’t changed that much at all. 

UFC athletes and testing

Nick Diaz faced a $165,000 fine and a 5-year suspension from the UFC for testing positive for THC. Ronda Roussey even called it baloney for the irony in the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Says Ronda Rousey:

It’s not a performance-enhancing drug. It has nothing to do with athletic competition; it’s only tested for political reasons, they say. It’s only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself because you’re out there.You know what, then why don’t they test for all the other things that could possibly hurt us that we could be under the influence of while we’re out there?

Diaz tested positive for marijuana in 2007 and 2012, so he faced a third penalty with the NAC. The suspension then was dropped to 18 months and the fine decreased to $100,000. Although, Diaz had been left suspended past the 18 months, due to a balance issue. Now, Nevada has implemented a law legalizing the recreational use of cannabis, so rules could change soon. 

Because weed helps with everything

According to the US Anti-Doping Agency website, 51 warnings or suspensions for cannabis or cannabinoids (including CBD-only) has happened since 2003, the earliest date listed. Suspensions are usually from three months to two years according to the list. Nick Diaz and athletes suspended or warned by other sporting agencies are not included.

What really starts looking funny is some of the sports people were disqualified from for weed:

• Paralympic Sled Hockey
• Para-Alpine Skiing
• Paralympic Track & Field
• Water Polo
• Team Handball
• Table Tennis

It is hard to see that Paralympians – athletes with disabilities, get disqualified for cannabis. UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping offered the Diaz brothers some advice on using cannabis.

“You are allowed to smoke weed, if you choose to. You are allowed to smoke weed outside of competition. The way it works with USADA is you have in competition and out of competition. In competition, it’s twelve hours before the fight and 12 hours after, or until you have been seen by a doctor or have given a urine or blood sample.” Bisping is certainly right, but Diaz wouldn’t have faced suspension if he had delivered a clean sample after the fight. 

From the horse’s mouth (or website)

The USADA website says that the “Competition period” can fluctuate: “Each International Federation (IF) may have a different definition and it may vary by event. For some events, this period may be defined as 12 hours before the start of the competition and different rules may apply to multi-day events (e.g, the Olympic Games)."

The agency says that cannabis is only tested for “In-Competition”, however:

• An athlete has to know that cannabinoids are stored in fat following frequent, repeated use and may be detected weeks after usage. Also, significant weight loss over a short period of time has caused cannabinoid metabolites stored in fat to be released in detectable levels, even if not used recently. USADA strongly advises athletes not to use cannabinoids at any time.

• An athlete who chooses to consume hemp products may be at risk for a positive anti-doping test, even though many of these products claim not to contain THC.

• While the use of medical marijuana may be decriminalized in some states, it is still illegal under federal law. Currently, USADA will only consider TUE applications for legal, FDA-approved uses of THC, with prescription products (e.g. Dronabinol, Marinol).
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is prohibited as a cannabinoid.

Its fact that alcohol is only prohibited from in-competition, and a BAC over 0.1g/L for Archery, Air sports, Powerboating and Automobile. Yet, there are little restrictions over shooting games and alcohol. Apparently it is a danger to smoke weed and play table tennis to them. However, they think guns and liquor are less of a problem. What a joke this is.

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