UFC Set To Loosen Up Strict Rules On Fighters Smoking Marijuana
Dana White says the strict rules regarding marijuana use could eventually ease, but insists fighters 'can't be showing up high' to events.
Ever since establishing a close relationship with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the UFC has managed to stamp out performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) from the sport - to a certain degree at least.
But one substance that continues to spark debate among mixed martial arts fighters, fans and experts is marijuana.
While some would argue that marijuana is not exactly performance enhancing, the UFC's Vice President for athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky thinks otherwise.
Working closely with USADA, Novitzky - also known by some fighters as "The Golden Snitch" - has been cracking down on drug use within the sport and in particular marijuana.
And despite marijuana being legal in a number of US states, the UFC's strict regulations have resulted in a number of big-name stars getting slapped with suspensions for casual or medical use.
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But things are about to change.
UFC head honcho White says he's finalising a contingency plan with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in a bid to loosen up the rules a bit.
"We've been working on that for a very long time; I'm surprised that actually happened [UFC fighter Nike Price being suspended]," White told MMA Junkie.
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"They must have been way over the threshold then. I don't know."
"I don't think you can not test. When you're in competition, you have to test these guys. You can't let somebody go into the ring high. It just can't happen.
"So I don't know what to do with that. But, yeah, we're trying to loosen it up, but at the same time you can't have guys showing up high."
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