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Get Lifted: UFC Raises Marijuana Threshold for International Events, Nick Diaz’s Unretirement Surely Imminent

Man…Bryan Caraway is gonna be piiiiiiissssseeddd when he gets word of this little development.

You might not have heard about this, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Steroid and Drug Testing Advisory Panel was held in Las Vegas over the weekend, and among the primary issues discussed was that of the acceptable threshold for marijuana metabolites in a given fighter’s system that the UFC currently allows, specifically on an international level. You see, since the UFC usually acts as its own regulatory body in foreign countries, an issue has recently emerged regarding the discrepancy between their acceptable level for metabolites  – 50 ng/mL — and the newly-deemed acceptable level of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) — 150 ng/mL.

Fortunately, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner revealed during the panel that the promotion’s threshold will now be raised to meet the level of WADA’s. He spoke with MMAJunkie, then presumably passed one to the left hand side:

“When we self-regulate around the world, we are going to go the WADA standard of 150. So we’re starting that immediately.”

Ratner also told MMAjunkie.com the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission – or Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) – which regulates UFC events in Brazil, has also agreed to the same standard and will make the change at next week’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 event in Fortaleza. Brazilian commission officials later confirmed their decision.

You may be asking yourself, “What exactly does this threshold change mean for UFC fighters moving forward?” Well, the basic idea is this: By raising the threshold to 150 ng/mL, the UFC is aiming to catch fighters who use marijuana in competition, rather than the days (or in Pat Healy’s case, weeks) before a fight.

Somewhere out there, Matt Riddle is beating his kids in a fit of bitter rage.

While the debate over whether or not marijuana should even be tested for in the first place continues to rage on, the change suggests a shift in mindset regarding marijuana’s place in combat sports in general. It’s also one that Ratner hopes the Nevada State Athletic Commission will adopt in the near future as well:

I want to commend the committee. This goes along with the UFC’s thinking, as well as my own, that we’re moving progressively to the future, and times are changing.

As for the ongoing TRT debate? Well, the commission is trying to work that out as well, proposing a decrease in the acceptable T/E ratio amongst fighters from 6-to-1 to 4-to-1. No comment.

-J. Jones

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macreadysshack- June 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm
I think J Jones is a great fit for CP. I'm not certain why he catches so much flak around here. He doesn't pretend to be Old Dad (or any kind of dad at all). He's just one of the guys and he's a good worker who produces articles that, while rarely making me snarf milk out of my nose, are entertaining and have the right tone for this site. He's self-effacing and humble seeming. Contrary to what Daltonswayze said, New Dad's writing oozed with so much self-satisfied dickishness that he was, for me, less than not funny. I'll take Jones' product over Russell's crow every day of the week. I see him trying, improving and rolling with the constant petty and non-specific criticism he gets around here. I agree that we need a dad pretty bad right now but blaming a brother for not being a dad is childish.
Miles- June 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Yeah the 100 ng / ml increase doesnt mean much unless you give it some context. Does this mean they could get away with smoking a few days before the fight, or?
Mr_Misanthropy- June 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Too late. Already addicted to adderall, spice, bath salt, and Four Loko speedballs.
Fried Taco- June 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Someday they will allow marijuana use to overcome octagon jitters.
MorningwoodII- June 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm
@JJ what were Healy's levels in the fight he lost his bonus from?
MorningwoodII- June 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm
@Silver, CP had to wait to release this story until it was fully baked...
J.Jones- June 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm
@Silver - Just wait until you read my next article, which is like WEEKS old by internet standards.
the silver hawaiian- June 3, 2013 at 11:43 am
Cool! Nice to see CP continuing its trend of reporting stories days after other sites. What are we here, T+3 or +4 days on this one?

Cool story bro

(Also, excellent comments section - I have a feeling this will appear twice..)
DaltonSwayze- June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm
The problem isn't timeliness, since CP has always been a humor site first, but rather that there isn't a real marquee writer anymore. Old Dad and New Dad were both legitimately funny, but once Russell left, the already diminished CP continued to sink into irrelevancy.

Jones clearly produces a large volume of work, but he's not actually funny and other than the occasional BG article, who's backing him up? Elias like once or twice a week? Where the hell is Rex these days, anyway?
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