UFC and MMA Fighters Comment on Marijuana Drug Testing in MMA
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.20.2014
Fighters comment on the issue of marijuana in MMA...
USA Today Sports/MMAjunkie recently interviewed UFC and other MMA fighters on the issue of drug testing MMA fighters for marijuana in MMA. You can watch the video at the above link.
Below is a comment from UFC fighter Diego Sanchez, who previously failed a drug test for marijuana following his UFC Fight Night 7 bout with Joe Riggs, on the issue:
"That's a question that you would have to leave up to a doctor. I'm not a doctor, so I wouldn't be able to advise you on that, even though I've had a lot of experience with marijuana."
Now that the controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been banned, it appears the issue of marijuana drug testing will grow and become more widespread in the MMA world. Attitudes toward pot and marijuana have become more tolerant and less strict as of late. Many have argued that marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug and athletic commissions should not test for the substance for MMA fights. Previously in May 2013, the UFC and President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner announced that they would raise their drug testing threshold for marijuana from 50 ng/ml to 150 ng/ml. This increase was also previously adopted by The World Anti-Doping Agency. The Nevada State Athletic Commission then raised their threshold to the same numbers later in the year.