By Oscar Pascual |
MMA champion Ronda Rousey doesn’t have much appreciation for her boyfriend and fellow fighter Nick Diaz’s recent five-year suspension for a positive marijuana test.
Diaz, the Stockton-bred athlete with a long history of cannabis, was suspended Monday and handed a $165,000 fine by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing a drug test after his January fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183. , ESPN reports. (Silva also tested positive for drugs — in his case, it was anabolic steroids.)
The failed test is Diaz’s third violation of the banned substance, despite Diaz’s team inquiring about exempting the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes. Instead, the violation was punished with one of the most severe penalties the NSAC has handed out to date.
“I’m pretty pissed off,” Diaz told the press after the hearing. “I got into this sport for exactly this reason, being stuck in a room with people like that. I wanted to tell them what I think. I wanted to tell them all that they are a bunch of suckers. Anyone who sees them or knows who they are, should tell her. I would if my experts didn’t advise me to shut up. I wanted to stand up and say, ‘Look. You guys are really the f- out of line.’”
Diaz’s suspension sparked a passionate response from his good friend Rousey. The female UFC bantamweight champion criticized the NSAC during Wednesday’s press conference for the upcoming UFC 193 event in Melbourne, Australia. MMA junkie reports.
“I’m sorry—I know no one asked me anything, but I have something to say,” Rousey said. “So it’s not right that (Diaz) be banned for five years for marijuana. I’m against testing for weed. It is not a performance enhancer. It has nothing to do with athletic competition, and it’s only been tested for political reasons, so they say, ‘Oh, it’s just for your safety so you don’t hurt yourself while you’re there.’ So why don’t they test for all the other things that could potentially hurt us and be intoxicated while we’re out there?”
Rousey was also critical of Diaz’ opponent Silva, who was given a mere one-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs.
“It’s so unfair when one person tests for steroids that could actually hurt someone and the other person smokes a plant that makes them happy and gets him banned for five years, while the guy who could really hurt someone takes a punch. get the pulse,” Rousey said. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all. It doesn’t make me a bad person to say it, it’s just – I can’t believe it’s not said more. I think they should really release Nick Diaz, but it’s not the decision of (UFC president) Dana (White) either.
UFC boss Dana White has not been nearly as steadfast in tone as Rousey, but plans to learn more details about the situation once he returns to the United States.
“I have to go back and see what the details are and what’s going on,” White said at the press conference. “I imagine if they suspend him for five years and $150,000, it’s more than just the marijuana. It just doesn’t make sense.”
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