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Ronda Rousey on marijuana: ‘I feel like weed is not a performance-enhancing drug at all’


In the fallout stemming from Jessica Eye becoming the first female MMA fighter to test positive for a banned substance, Ronda Rousey railed against UFC’s policy of testing for marijuana.

The UFC bantamweight champion, commenting upon how Eye tested positive for marijuana following her split-decision bout against Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, likened testing for weed as an “invasion of privacy” and argued that marijuana “is not a performance-enhancing drug at all.”

Rousey, who next fights at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 when she puts her title on the line against Sara McMann in a match between undefeated combatants, asserts that since weed doesn’t provide any competitive advantage, there’s no reason to test for it.

“Honestly I feel like weed is not a performance-enhancing drug at all,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “We are tested for it for entirely political reasons. The athletic commission is there to make sure we compete fairly and they are testing us for something that has nothing to do with athletic competition.”

MMA Junkie notes that while Rousey has on previous occasions spoken out against the use of banned substances in MMA, her opinion on marijuana testing contrasts sharply with her attitude towards other drugs and banned substances, likening the testing for it as a violation of a person’s privacy.

“It is beyond their rights [to test for marijuana],” Rousey said, as quoted by MMA Junkie. “It’s actually an invasion of privacy.”

With the decriminalization of marijuana in two states and the dialogue that currently is occurring in the NFL — perhaps spurned on by the fact that those two states, Colorado and Washington, were the states represented by the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII — in all likelihood the debate whether marijuana use by professional athletes, be they football players or MMA fighters or otherwise, will likely continue to be a hot-button topic.

And with high-profile athletes like Ronda Rousey and her superstar counterparts in the NFL coming out against banning the use of marijuana, odds are even more of their colleagues will enter into the fray, be they for it or against it.