Why do state athletic commissions ban marijuana, yet allow fighters to pump their bodies with testosterone? That has been the prevalent question among mixed martial arts fans ever since Nick Diaz was busted for the second time in five years for his use of weed, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson revealed Testosterone Replacement Therapy had become his new BFF.
Both brawlers have a doctor’s note for their respective treatments.
While the debate over whether marijuana should be considered a performance-enhancing drug continues, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) offers a simple explanation for why his employees need to stand clear of the sticky icky.
“My stance on the whole thing is, [marijuana’s] not allowed,” White recently stated. “Whatever the commission says you’re not allowed to do, you’re not allowed to do. It doesn’t matter what I think, you think or anybody else thinks – it’s illegal.
“Listen, I’d love to say something right now that makes Nick Diaz free and clear and ready to fight again, but I can’t. It’s illegal. The commission says you can’t do it leading up to a fight, you can’t have any traces of any drugs inside your body – you can’t do this, you can’t do that. Those are the [expletive] rules.”
Regarding the Fountain of Youth Rampage is now bathing in, White appears to appreciate that the controversial remedy provides athletes a new lease on life for errors they may have committed in the past.
“Now on the flipside, [TRT] is legal,” White expressed. “Testosterone Replacement Therapy is something that you can do, it’s for guys whose testosterone is too low. Here’s what you’re supposed to do, you’re supposed to get it back to the levels of a normal guy your age, and if you’re even that much over [holding his thumb and index finger about an inch apart], now it becomes illegal.
“So again, it’s based on what’s legal and what’s not legal. That is legal, marijuana is not legal. I actually think that [TRT’s] good, obviously it’s bad for these guys who have abused steroids early on in their careers. That’s what’s so terrible. Amongst all these other things that you find out – what’s good and what’s bad about using steroids – is that these young, talented guys, who are full of testosterone already, go in and start abusing these drugs.
“Now when you get up to your late 20s, which should be your prime, early 30s, now you’re all screwed up. You’re off the steroids and now you’ve destroyed your system forever where that your body can’t produce testosterone. These guys now have the medicine where you can replace it, they get you back to normal levels.”
White’s current stance on TRT deviates from the one he took after firing Nate Marquardt for failing his pre-fight medicals just hours before weigh-ins.
Although it’s completely permissible, the cheater’s handbook for TRT suggests athletes are manipulating the regimen while preparing for a fight. They will jack up their testosterone levels beyond normal ranges in order to push their bodies to its outermost limits. As showtime steadily approaches, they will then taper off the treatment to get their testosterone back to a natural level – therefore, no flunked drug tests.
That’s what White suggested Marquardt had done – outside of not passing his exam, of course.
So what’s the answer to the million dollar question? I guess for the interim, don’t smoke pot and get a prescription for TRT.