Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/29/12
From an outsider’s perspective, mixed martial arts is a dirty sport. How is it possible that these muscle-bound men aren’t taking performance-enhancing substances? UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson once told us that he believes as many as 80 percent of his peers are on the juice. If you think that’s an astonishing percentage of drug abusers, UFC president Dana White trumped it after Thursday’s press conference in Las Vegas. White estimates 84 percent of his athletes smoke marijuana. However, is weed a PED? Does it help a fighter relax and recover faster after a long and rigorous day of training, or is it simply a stoner’s preferred pastime? That fiery debate can blaze on for days, pun intended. Most believe the answer for eradicating MMA of all banned substances would be to conduct random, out-of-competition drug exams. While it would be much more difficult for fighters to dodge pop quizzes, White doesn’t think that’s the solution because it would mainly spotlight the fact his promotion is...
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