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.