UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is firmly against marijuana testing in MMA.
Rousey is not outraged by any negative press in the wake of Jessica Eye becoming the first female UFC fighter to test positive for a banned substance. Rather, she feels the situation has brought to light an issue with drug testing in the sport.
Penalties for testing positive for marijuana vary among different sanctioning bodies that oversee the sport. But regardless of if the punishments are lenient or hefty, Rousey says this specific substance is irrelevant to competition and therefore shouldn’t be considered when drug testing takes place.
“Honestly I feel like weed is not a performance-enhancing drug at all,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “We are tested for it for entirely political reasons. The athletic commission is there to make sure we compete fairly and they are testing us for something that has nothing to do with athletic competition.”