UFC chief Dana White wants to 'loosen up' rules on smoking marijuana as more fighters suspended for failing drugs tests

UFC president Dana White wants to loosen the rules on fighters smoking marijuana.

Welterweight's Niko Price and lightweight Kevin Croom are the latest names to be banned from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after testing positive for the substance.

Price's temporary suspension came following a draw with Donald Cerrone in September while Croom was suspended for four-and-a-half months and fined £1380 after beating Roosevelt Roberts.

His victory has since been overturned.

Other fighters who have faced suspension for marijuana include Jose Flores, Chad Johnson, Tim Elliott and Jamahal Hill.

A study by The Athletic recently revealed 45.9 per cent of 170 professional fighers use marijuana for either recovery or recreational purposes.

Nate Diaz and Israel Adesanya are two high profile fighters who use the drug with it currently legal in 15 states across the US.

And now White has claimed he is trying hard to work alongside NSAC in order to have the rules changed.

He told BJ Penn: "I didn't even know (about Price being suspended). We've been working on (changing the marijuana rules) for a long time.

"I'm surprised that actually happened. They must have been way over the threshold then. I didn't even know.

"I don't think you can't test. When you're in-competition you have to test these guys.

"You can't let somebody go into the ring high. It just can't happen, you know?

'I don't know what to do with that. But we're trying to, you know, what's the word I'm looking for, we're trying to loosen it up."

UFC commentator Joe Rogan claims more UFC fighters smoke marijuana than those who don't.

He said: "The weird thing about martial arts, A tremendous amount of UFC fighters smoke pot (marijuana). 

"I mean, a massive amount where it's a huge issue with them involving drug tests, you know, where they have to stop smoking weed for the last four weeks or so in order to pass drug tests. More UFC fighters smoke pot than don't smoke pot."

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