As you all probably know, Pat Healy recently popped for marijuana, along with lots of other fighters in the past, Nick Diaz being the most notorious for the issue. First and foremost, this post is NOT about the legality issue of marijuana. I know you bastards will make it into that in the comments section, but lets try to at least postpone that part for now.
What this post IS about is the frustrations of a little guy who aspires to be a real professional MMA fighter. Last night, I was relaxing in my man cave after a good night of rolling and sparring, playing some Xbox, thinking about how good life was at that moment. A few minutes later, I was put into a mild rage by a text message. “Healy popped for weed. Sigh.” Now, most people would shake their heads and think “Man, that’s stupid. Legalize it!!!!” But I chose to react differently.
Healy just put on the best performance of his career. He finished a top 5 lightweight. He was probably a fight away from a shot at the world title. He made a crapload of bonus money. And you know what was more important to him than all of that? Weed. Getting high.
Healy owned it like a man, and I give him props for that. I was very pleasantly surprised when he came out with his statement, and it was something other than “fuck the police, LEGALIZE IT!!!” which we hear all too often. However, he made a very simple choice. It’s not like he got high then got a short notice call to fight Jim Miller. He was preparing to fight a top 5 contender. He had a full camp. He knew what a win would mean. And none of that was important enough to Healy to make him “just say no.”
This enrages me. A close friend just got cut from the UFC after beating Mark Hominick and then losing to Diego Brandao. A friend that stated on multiple occasions he loved fighting for the UFC and wanted to keep his job above all else. He followed all rules, competed, lost, and got cut. Nothing “wrong” with that. The UFC can cut fighters on a loss, that’s fine. Myself, I’d read Kyu comics 12 hours a day, every day, for a year, just to get one fight in the UFC. If it didn’t affect the well-being of my wife, friends, or family, I’d do it if it got me into the UFC. No question. Now, I love me some gummy worms. But If I was offered that fight in the UFC, you can bet your ass I’d stay away from the gummy worms for that 3 month camp. Who wouldn’t right? If I was offered a fight that, upon winning, would get me within smelling range of the belt? Jesus Christ on rollerskates, I’d be the very picture of how professionals are supposed to train. So Mr. Healy, respectfully, fuck you for saying that weed is more important than the opportunity you were given. Remember the days when you were grinding it out on the regional cards in rodeo arenas for $500? Yes, you do. Remember when you were dreaming of fighting under the bright lights and making real money? Yes, you do. And you know what? That guy would kick the everliving shit out of you for what you did.
Brian Caraway received Healy’s bonus, and I cannot express enough how goddamn beautiful that is. I can hear Dana White now: “You think smoking weed is more important than fighting in the UFC? Alright motherfucker, we’re gonna take that 65 grand you thought you won and give it to someone who not only follows the rules, he’s banging Meisha Tate. Double burn bitch! Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it motherfucker.”
The point is simple. Having weed in your system while competing is against the rules. So is kneeing the head of a downed opponent. Is it illegal to walk down the street wearing shorts with grips on the inner thighs? Nope. But you know what? It’s illegal to fight in the UFC with those same shorts on. So who cares whats legal and not legal. I don’t think Pat is in danger of going to jail. Its not the point. Its against the rules of the sport, he knew that full well, and said “Nope, don’t care enough about my MMA career, Im gon smoke dis weeeed and get HIIIIIIGGGHHHH!”
That joint better have cost more than $65,000. Otherwise you just fucked yourself hard Healy. And you know that. And I’m glad you can own it. But, you deserve to lose that money. And to be at the bottom of the 155lb ladder.