Ronda Rousey just made it known that she’s against drug testing for marijuana.
The current female UFC bantamweight champion spoke her mind at the UFC 193 press conference due to her close friend Nick Diaz, who was handed a superfluous five-year suspensionfor testing positive for marijuana, reports MMA Junkie.
In apropos of nothing, Rousey said:
“I’m sorry — I know no one asked me anything, but I have to say something,” Rousey said. “It’s so not right for (Diaz) to be suspended five years for marijuana. I’m against them testing for any weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug. It has nothing to do with athletic competition, and it’s only tested for political reasons so they say, ‘Oh, it’s only for your safety so you’re not hurting yourself when you’re out there.’ So why don’t they test for all the other things that could possibly hurt us that we could be under the influence of while we’re out there?”
“I don’t think marijuana should be part of the conversation at all. I think it’s an invasion of privacy for them to test for it, and they have no right,” Rousey added.
Since Diaz was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and not UFC itself, UFC boss Dana White plans to unearth more details behind the severe punishment after the upcoming event.
“I’ve got to get back there and see what the details are and what’s going on,” White said at the press conference. “I would imagine if they suspended him for five years and $150,000, it’s more than just the marijuana. That just doesn’t make sense.”