Female UFC Star Against Pot Testing Tuesday 14 February, 2012

By: Kaptain Kush

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MMA fighter Nick Diaz’s recent failed drug test for marijuana has brought a lot of attention to the UFCs drug testing policies, and for good reason. In a sport riddled with steroid abuse and inherent health risks, it’s pretty hard to understand how a positive test for pot equates to a six month (or longer) suspension from mixed martial arts.

While I’ve yet to see UFC head honcho Dana White comment on this issue, female UFC star Ronda Rousey was outspoken in her defense for Diaz, making it clear that she thinks testing for marijuana crosses the line of absurd.

 ”The athletic commissions testing for marijuana is an invasion of privacy. I don’t think that’s constitutional at all. There’s no real reason that they should be able to test and make the athletes conform to their political ideas.

They have just as much of right to say that ‘you know what? We don’t believe that athletes should be promiscuous so we’re going to start testing for genital herpes and genital warts,’

‘We’re going to start testing women for birth control because we don’t think you be having premarital sex.’ They don’t have a right to do it. It has nothing to do with sports.”

And she’s just flat out right. I’ve previously written that logically, it makes no sense for marijuana to be a banned substance in MMA. And Rousey’s point about birth control and STD’s is a new and valid one.

Smoking marjuana has nothing to do with enhancing athletic performance–if anything, it could be seen as a detriment. Testing fighters for what amounts to a personal, life choice is, as Rousey believes, unconstitutional.

The MMA fighters are the ones sacrificing their bodies which allows UFC to make a crapload of money. They hav enough issues from fighting to deal with–they shouldn’t have to worry about Kush showing up on a drug test on top of those concerns.

[Yahoo Sports]


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