By Oscar Pascual |
UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes the majority of mixed martial artists in the league use marijuana.
The UFC contributor, comedian and podcast host interviewed Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, on the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast released Thursday.
While the two talked about cannabis in general, Rogan dropped a bombshell on the prevalence of combatants using cannabis:
Here’s something weird about martial arts: a huge amount of UFC fighters smoke weed. I mean a huge amount, where it’s a huge problem for them regarding drug testing. They have to stop smoking weed for the last four weeks or so to pass the drug tests.”
More than not. More UFC fighters smoke weed than no weed.
Rogan’s admission comes just weeks after the UFC’s implementation of a new drug testing program in conjunction with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) promises more tests per year, as well as higher penalties for positive results.
Despite their primary intent to ban performance-enhancing drugs from sports, the USADA program also targets recreational drugs such as marijuana, despite its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
According to Rogan, the new program should prove to be a major obstacle for the majority of the league, such as Bay Area fighter Nick Diaz, who is currently awaiting sanctions for his third positive test for marijuana.
“He doesn’t take painkillers,” Diaz’s trainer Cesar Gracie said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “If he’s in pain after a workout, he likes to smoke marijuana. It calms him and relieves the pain in his body. It’s his way of coping naturally with pain and other problems.”
While cannabis is currently banned in all sports leagues, NBA and NFL athletes have also expressed support for sanctioning medical marijuana use in their leagues.
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