UFC to Loosen Marijuana Rules, But Fighters Can’t Fight High

RIO DE JANEIRO, MARCH 28, 2019: Belt of UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship) during press conference


For the tokers and weed smokers in the UFC, there is some good news. UFC boss Dana White recently spoke to the media where he revealed that the promotion will be loosening up its marijuana testing standards moving forward.

Of course, fighters will still not be able to step into the Octagon while they are high.

The comments came after White was asked about recent suspensions to lightweight Kevin Croom and Jose Flores, who competed on the Dana White Contender Series.

Both fighters were fined and suspended for four months, but that may not be the case moving forward with the UFC looking to work with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to help loosen up its testing standards for the drug.

“I don’t think you can not test. When you’re in competition, you have to test these guys. You can’t let somebody go into the ring high. It just can’t happen,” White said, via MMA Junkie.

“I don’t know what to do with that. We’re trying to loosen it up, but at the same time, you can’t have guys showing up high.”

The current threshold of cannabis metabolites allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission is 150 ng/mL. We’ll have to see if that number officially changes or whether the UFC will set its own standards.

Up next for the UFC is UFC on ESPN+ 40 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. In the main event, light heavyweight contenders Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will be going toe-to-toe.

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