Ronda Rousey is smokin’ mad about marijuana testing in her sport in the wake of the five-year suspension of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, who tested positive for weed for a third time.
In an impassioned rant at the UFC 193 press conference in Melbourne Wednesday,Rousey said she was wholeheartedly opposed to testing for marijuana, which she described as “an invasion of privacy” that “is only tested for political reasons.” The UFC’s reigning superstar also insisted that smoking weed has nothing to do with a fighter’s performance in the Octagon.
“It really pales in comparison to how unfair it is that Nick [Diaz] got a five-year suspension,” Rousey said. “I’m sorry, but it’s so not right for him to be suspended 5 years for marijuana. I’m against testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance enhancing drug. And it has nothing to do with competition. It’s only tested for political reasons.
“They say, It’s only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself.’ You know what, then why don’t they test us for all the other things that could possibly hurt us, that we could be under the influence of when we’re out there.
“There’s NO reason that we should be tested for weed. It shouldn’t be involved at all. Nick is a really close and dear friend of mine so of course I’m going to defend him. It’s so unfair!
“If one person tests for steroids, that could actually hurt a person, and the other person smokes a plant that makes him happy, and he gets suspended for five years! Whereas a guy who could hurt someone gets a slap on the wrist. It’s not fair! It’s not fair at all. I can’t believe its not being said more. And you know what, I think we should free Nick Diaz.”
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