Rousey: Commissions testing fighters for weed 'an invasion of privacy'
FEB 13, 2014 6:25p ET
One of the biggest stories in MMA right now revolves around UFC women’s bantamweight Jessica Eye and her discipline for testing positive for marijuana before her last fight.
Eye, whose win in October over Sarah Kaufman was overturned into a no decision, wasn’t forthcoming about what she tested positive for. At first, she said it was blood thinners that she has taken since a car accident when she was 16 years old. Then, she went on record saying it was just a paperwork mishap.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation released to FOX Sports that it was cannabinoids, the chemical compound related to weed. And Ronda Rousey finds the whole saga ridiculous. She doesn’t care if Eye lied – she believes fighters should be able to smoke pot if they want to.
“It doesn’t have anything to do with the sport,” Rousey told FOX Sports. “It’s all about outside politics. I don’t think the athletic commission has anything to test for. It’s an invasion of privacy.”
“It’s all about outside politics. I don’t think the athletic commission has anything to test for. It’s an invasion of privacy.”
Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, is dead set against performance-enhancing drugs. She’s called out Cris Cyborg many times for using PEDs. But marijuana? Rousey couldn’t care less if her peers were partaking in the drug.
“I don’t think it’s a performance-enhancing drug at all,” Rousey said. “They only test for it for purely political reasons. One of the great things about sports is that outside politics are not supposed to be involved.”
Weed, like certain forms of performance-enhancing drugs, is still illegal in most states. And the state athletic commissions are run by the government. In her case, Eye was only given a probationary suspension and she’ll be able to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.
Rousey is headlining that card, defending her title against Sara McMann. If she sees Eye in the back, she might be inclined to give her a pat on the back.
“It’s a shame,” Rousey said of fighters being punished for marijuana. “Its stupid. It makes no sense.”