Dana White on Marijuana vs PED’s; The Penalty Shouldn’t Be the Same (UFC 155 Video)

December 27, 2012
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UFC President Dana WhiteDrug use and drug testing has long been one of the hottest topics in sports, and it’s only gotten hotter with the Lance Armstrong doping allegations in cycling.

But we’re talking MMA here, or trying to anyway, and it is still a hot button topic, especially if you tell UFC president Dana White that team sports like football and baseball do more to drug test their athletes than the UFC does under government regulation.

Check out a fired up Dana White talking about performance enhancing drugs, recreational drugs, and the severity of penalties for drug use in fighting vs. team sports…

  • Antmanclan

    I understand that he is defending his company and the sport but Dana is wrong. MMA drug testing is a joke.

  • josh williams

    Lol ya, antmanclan,we all take your well informed word for it. Lol what an idiot! Either you’re ten years old or mentally challenged. That’s really all you have to say!? ” he’s wrong”??? No back up or proof somehow you know he’s so wrong and you hide behind a false name is so right??? OK, we all trust you just know what you’re talking about. Great point Antmanclan! Can’t wait for any other well informed opinions you might have.

    • MuayThaiFood

      If he’s 10 you can’t be more than 8.

    • dooby brother

      you are the idiot pal. we all know hes right take your meds and myofb

  • malcolmkyle

    Dana is quite correct: MARIJUANA IS INDEED USED BY THE MAJORITY OF SPORTS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE:

    “At least a good 50 [US] Olympic athletes” use marijuana regularly before they stop in time for testing.”

    —Stephany Lee

    “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason”

    —Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?”

    —Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,”

    —WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Even many of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

  • George Sperry

    Dana has never even “thought”of randomly testing fighters? Really?

    Marijuana. I agree that penalizing it the same as PED’s is wrong but the rational is that both pot and PED’s are Illegal. They are testing for illegal drugs. The difference is pot isn’t likely to help you fight. The penalty should be less. But what about someone that has already been suspended and does it again? Isn’t that a much bigger issue? Doesn’t it show that light penalties don’t work?

    All Diaz had to do was revel his “prescription” and ask for a waiver like the TRT guy’s do.

    Ending PED use is simple IMO. Get caught you are done as a fighter. It wouldn’t take long, or for many guy’s to be tossed out, before it stopped. Right now guy’s know that others are using and they want to even the playing field. If they were convinced that the sport was clean it would be an even playing field without PED use.

  • b-soc

    “The difference is pot isn’t likely to help you fight.” I need to see scientific evidence to show that that statement is true. The commissions are doing the right thing, IMO. Illegal drugs are illegal drugs in sports. Medically, the same steroids fighters use as PED’s are used everyday to help treat sick people to help them live normal lives. Pot is a great help for ADHD and relieving chemo symptoms. The bottom line is if you are going to make a list of illegal substances in sports, the commissions would have to have the research to show that one substance has a different effect. They shouldn’t and won’t do that because you are opening a can of worms for guys to encourage the use of banned substances. Keep it simple: here’s the list of banned substances – get caught using them, here’s the penalty. Don’t entertain looking at individual drugs because there are too many of them. Coicaine speeds you up. Pot potentially numbs you to pain. PED’s make you bigger and stronger. So for Cocaine, we’ll give you three months, for POT, we’ll give you 1 month. For PED’s we’ll give you 12 months. There’s too much research involved.

    • Timothy Malone

      One of the problems is people only think of the physical benefits of drugs. That’s why they say pot doesnt help. But there is the mental side. I guarantee marijuana would help people deal with the anxiety of big fights.

  • Ron Couden

    One thing to remember a lot of over the counter drugs/pills/supplements are legal to all of us, but are not legal in most professional sports (including MMA).

    • Ron Couden

      In my state Mary Jane is legal, and I do agree that the penalty shouldn’t be as stiff as PED’s.