Ronda Rousey Blasts Nick Diaz UFC Suspension

The most popular female athlete in the world and UFC Bantamweight weight champion Ronda Rousey, came to the defense of MMA fighter Nick Diaz after the Nevada State Athletic commission crucified him with a 5-year suspension.

During the UFC 193 Press Conference Melbourne, AU, Rousey stated:

“I’m sorry no one asked me anything, but I have to say something. It’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” Rousey said. “I’m against them even testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug, it has nothing to do with athletic competition, it’s only tested for political reasons. They say ‘oh it’s only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself because you’re out there.’ Well then why don’t they test for all the other things that could possibly hurt us that we could be under the influence of while we’re out there?
“There’s no reason for them to be testing for weed. In athletics, the beautiful thing about it is it separates everything from politics, it shouldn’t be involved at all and 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 really hurt a person and the other person smokes a plant that makes them happy, and he gets suspended for five years whereas the guy that could have hurt someone so much that he could have died in there gets a slap on the wrist,” Rousey said. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all.”

“You know what? It doesn’t make me a bad person for saying it. I can’t believe it’s not being said more,” Rousey said. “Yeah, I really think they should free Nick Diaz, but you know what? It’s not Dana’s decision either. You can’t get mad at him, he had nothing to do with it. I’m sure if he had the choice, and I’m going to speak for him, he would have given him a lot less.”
This was the third offense for Diaz but marijuana being typically viewed as such a low-risk drug that penalties never have been as harsh Diaz’s ban, which likely equates to a lifetime ban from the sport.

Comedian and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan expressed his discontent with the decision taking to his Twitter page:

Nick Diaz also revealed how ironic it is that newer member of the NSAC Anthony Marnell III owned cannabis dispensary:

Fox Sports reports ,the World Anti-Doping Agency has raised the threshold for a positive marijuana test from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 nanograms per milliliter as recently as 2013, but still left the drug on the list for banned substances despite many athletes having medical prescriptions to use it — not to mention it’s completely legal in some states in the United States.

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