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In the fallout of Nick Diaz's five year suspension from MMA at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, UFC fighters and personalities have been condemning the decision, claiming that making an example out of Diaz is totally unfair.
That idea seems to be unanimously agreed upon, and at a press conference ahead of UFC 193, Ronda Rousey echoed those sentiments before launching into an attack on the active testing for Marijuana.
Rousey believes that weed is not a performance enhancing drug, and was adamant that the reasoning behind continuing to test for it and punish fighters is outdated and wrong, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance.
I’m sorry, but it’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana. I’m against testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance enhancing drug. And it has nothing to do with competition. It’s only tested for political reasons.
They say, 'It's only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself.’ You know what, then why don’t they test us for all the other things that could possibly hurt us, that we could be under the influence of when we're out there?
There’s no reason that we should be tested for weed. It shouldn't be involved at all. Nick is a really close and dear friend of mine so of course I’m going to defend him. It’s so unfair.
If one person tests for steroids, that could actually hurt a person, and the other person smokes a plant that makes him happy, and he gets suspended for five years. Whereas a guy who could hurt someone gets a slap on the wrist. It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all. I can’t believe it's not being said more. And you know what, I think we should free Nick Diaz.
She certainly makes a strong point, and who's going to argue with her?
Unfortunately, as Dana White explained last night, the NSAC don't care what he or anyone else thinks, so the harsh suspension is likely to stick, which would be cruel to Nick Diaz.