She’s arguably the UFC’s biggest PPV draw and its most outspoken superstar. Now she’s taking a stand on one of the most controversial issues facing American society. The UFC bantamweight champion says that athletic commissions shouldn’t test for marijuana.
“It doesn’t have anything to do with the sport,” Rousey told FOX Sports. “It’s all about outside politics. I don’t think the athletic commission has anything to test for. It’s an invasion of privacy.”
Recently MMA fighter Jessica Eye tested positive for cannabinoids, the chemical compound related to marijuana, after her fight with Sarah Kaufman. Eye won the fight by controversial decision, but the fight has since been turned into a no contest.
Eye received a probationary suspension, and she plans to fight on Feb. 22 at UFC 170. Rousey says testing for pot makes no sense. It doesn’t give fighters any competitive edge, she said.
“I don’t think it’s a performance-enhancing drug at all,” Rousey said. “They only test for it for purely political reasons. One of the great things about sports is that outside politics are not supposed to be involved.”
Rousey has criticized fighters who use performance enhancement drugs, such as possible dream opponent Cris Cyborg, who was once suspended for testing positive for PEDs.
Rousey is a former Olympic bronze medalist in judo. She will compete against Sara McMann at UFC 170, Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.
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