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Joe Rogan: “A tremendous amount of UFC fighters smoke pot”

By Oscar Pascual |

UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes that the majority of the league’s mixed martial artists use marijuana.

The UFC employee, comedian, and podcast host interviewed Drug Policy Alliance founder and executive director Ethan Nadelmann in the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast released on Thursday.

As the two spoke about cannabis in general, Rogan dropped a bombshell about the prevalence of fighters using cannabis:

Here is a weird thing about Martial Arts: a tremendous amount of UFC fighters smoke pot. I mean a massive amount, where it is a huge issue for them involving drug tests. They have to stop smoking weed for the last four weeks or so to pass drug tests.”

More than don’t. More UFC fighters smoke pot than don’t smoke pot.

Rogan’s admission comes just weeks after UFC’s implementation of a new drug testing program in partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that promises more tests per year as well as increased punishments for positive results.

Despite their main intention to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from the sport, the USADA program also targets recreational drugs such as marijuana, despite its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant qualities.

According to Rogan, the new program should prove to be a major obstacle for the majority of the league to overcome, such as Bay Area fighter Nick Diaz, who is currently waiting to receive sanctions for his third positive test for marijuana.

“He doesn’t take pain medications,” said Diaz’s trainer Cesar Gracie in an interview with MMA Fighting. “When he’s in pain after a workout, he likes to smoke marijuana. It calms him down and relieves the pain in his body. It’s his way to naturally deal with pain and other problems.”

While cannabis is currently banned in all sports leagues, athletes from the NBA and NFL have also voiced their support to approve medical marijuana use in their leagues.

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