Following a smattering of suspensions, overturned results and drama stemming from positive tests for marijuana, Ronda Rousey is speaking out on the topic prior to her women's bantamweight title defense at UFC 170.
In an interview with MMAjunkie, the former Olympic medalist let the world know how she feels about athletic commissions testing for the currently-banned substance and whether it's even in their job description.
"It is beyond their rights [to test for marijuana]. It’s actually an invasion of privacy."
Rousey has never faced any sort of backlash from a failed drug test herself, but has spoken out against competitors utilizing banned substances in the past. Mainly, longtime nemesis Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, who tested positive for stanozolol metabolites back in 2011.
For "Rowdy," a failed test due to marijuana metabolites (think Jessica Eye) is an entirely different beast.
The champion explains:
"Honestly, I feel like weed is not a performance-enhancing drug at all. We are tested for it [marijuana] for entirely political reasons. The athletic commission is there to make sure we compete fairly and they are testing us for something that has nothing to do with athletic competition."
This is certainly becoming a hot topic and one must wonder who will make a change first, the federal government or those in charge of deciding what is considered a performance-enhancing drug (and what isn't).
UFC 170 will give Rousey little time to rest, pairing her off against fellow Olympian Sara McMann in a battle for "Rowdy's" bantamweight belt. The card will air Feb. 22, 2014, LIVE on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More on that fight card here.