Silva: Marijauna not a performance enhancer


The topic of marijuana in mixed martial arts is polarizing. Some athletes openly admint to imbibing when out of competition and others have recently condemned it's use. Regardless of opinion, it is currently a banned substance by all athletic commissions in North America. UFC lightheavyweight Thiago Silva admits that he did stop smoking while his fight career is active, but disagrees that it can give you any advantage in a fight:

For Thiago Silva’s sake, he does not smoke marijuana because of his fighting career, but he sympathizes with those who do.

“You know, it’s very complicated what to say about that,” said Silva.  “A lot of guys, they like to drink, you know; I don’t drink, I like to smoke.  I don’t smoke any more, because I really can’t [with my career], but I used to like a lot because it helps me to relax- it’s not like a drug like everybody say[s]. So actually, it’s legal in California, you know.  To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair, you know, because it doesn’t change your performance.”

Silva reiterates the sentiments of many who support the use of marijuana: it is legally prescribed in several states within the US, it is less destructive than substances like alcohol, and most importantly, it is inaccurate to label marijuana as a ‘Performance Enhancing Drug.’  Even still, Silva admits that he does not smoke marijuana now, so the fighter understands that, as long as state athletic commissions list it as a banned substance, it is something professional fighters will simply have to avoid putting into their system if they want to succeed in the cage.

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Larry Appleton site profile image  

5/24/13 4:35 AM by Larry Appleton

I've seen Thiago at Whole Foods he's a big f-cker

Chimp Strength site profile image  

5/24/13 3:39 AM by Chimp Strength

Chronic pain such as arthritis that may be a result of several surgeries caused by injuries inflicted whilst competing in sport?What about its calming effects? Nervousness is all part of being a top athlete, octagon jitters, it affects some more than others.Plus, it's about banned substances, not all substances have to be 'performance enhancing' in order to be illegal.Oh and before you assume anything, yes I smoke weed.

catbath site profile image  

5/24/13 2:34 AM by catbath

Question: Are the fighters getting popped definitely not smoking up on the day of the fight? And can this be determined without question by the amount of metabolites present in the system? I do think smoking right before a fight would have to be considered "performance enhancing" since so much of the fight game is mental and using a drug to calm nerves could prevent adrenaline dumps.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

5/24/13 2:23 AM by chaplinshouse

The rule is just embarrassing, pointless and pathetic.  2013 how fucking ignorant can people still be.  We may as well burn Pettis at the stake for being a witch due to his showtime kick

UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

5/24/13 1:19 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Yes but pain medication doesn't stay in your system for up to 30 days. Until they can accurately test for use DURING the fight it should not be banned AT ALL. Makes no sense to potentially be punishing people for smoking weeks before a fight.

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5/24/13 1:17 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

I was hoping as the thread was loading....Then sad face.

JROTT site profile image  

5/24/13 12:56 AM by JROTT

What I meant is, don't they ban shit like aspirin, Tylenol 3's and whatever.. It's like pain medication. Hard to argue to make it legal

Dugs95 site profile image  

5/24/13 12:39 AM by Dugs95


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5/24/13 12:27 AM by trobinson21

Hahaha hell yeah, Brian Tate is never not funny. Lol

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

5/24/13 12:26 AM by yellow wrkahlc

But Bryan Tate said it's bad and stuff.