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Morning Report: UFC exec Marc Ratner requests NSAC revisit policies for marijuana usage

Alex Caceres recently had a win lopped off his record, on top of receiving a six-month suspension, simply for having marijuana metabolites in his system. Before him, it was Matt Riddle. Before Riddle, it was Thiago Silva. Before Silva, it was — eh, you get the point. These days overzealous punishments are being handed out like candy, halting the career of any fighter who dares test positive for marijuana. Just look at the case of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who, along with his nine-month suspension, received a grossly unreasonable fine of $900,000 for his penance. UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner has a lengthy history with state commissions, and on Thursday he spoke to the mother of them all — the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) — about the need to revisit what he believes to be an increasingly archaic rule. Society is changing, Ratner said to the NSAC (via Bleacher Report). It’s a different world now than when I was on the commission. States are legalizing marijuana and it’s becoming more and more of a problem with fighters testing positive and the metabolites. I think it’s something that has to be discussed on a commission level now, he continued. Right now I just cannot believe that a performance enhancing drug and marijuana can be treated the same. It just doesn’t make sense to the world anymore and it’s something that has to be brought up. Several attending commissioners agreed with Ratner’s sentiment, electing to research and discuss the matter further at an upcoming meeting. 6 MUST-READ STORIES Ratner talks to NSAC. UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner publicly requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission revisit its policies regarding marijuana. Said Ratner (via Bleacher Report): Society is changing … I just cannot believe that a performance-enhancing drug and marijuana can be treated the same. It just doesn’t make sense to the world anymore, and it’s something that I think has to be brought up. Johnson cut. Heavyweight bruiser Lavar Big Johnson received his release from the UFC after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a UFC 157 post-fight drug test. Bellator 93 results. 33-year-old lightweight Dave Jansen edged Marcin Held to win season seven’s tournament title along with a guaranteed title shot against Michael Chandler in the main event of Bellator 93. On the undercard, U.K. sensation Michael Page needed just 10 seconds to live up to his hype. Emelianenko ends retirement. Don’t get to excited by that headline, folks. Former Pride FC heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko, not Fedor, ended his retirement to ink a long-term contract with Russian mixed marital arts promotion ProFC, according to a report from Sherdog. St-Pierre vs. Hendricks odds. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre opened as a 2-to-1 favorite (-225) over No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks (+175) in advance of the pair’s title bout. VADA offers UFC free testing. According to Dr. Margaret Goodman, the Voluntary Anti Doping Agencey (VADA) has an offer on the table to oversee an extensive blood and (random) urine testing program for [UFC] fighters. The proposed program will be free to the UFC for at least the first year, with the only expenses coming via collection fees and testing panels. MEDIA STEW Rebecca Forsyth is a 14-year-old grappling champion who not only defeated boys during her run to the title, she also did it with armbars. So naturally Ronda Rousey gave her a call. (HT: MiddleEasy) It’s official. South Koreans have us beat in the promo-making department. (And yes, there’s one for Stun Gun too.) Michael Page, ladies and gentlemen. If you’ve overlooked WSOF 2’s bantamweight co-main event, you should probably check this out. Quick poll: Did Jon Jones let Cella get that? John Dodson’s response might be the least surprising thing I’ve heard from this entire series. This radical MMA collage you see in front of you comes to us courtesy of Chris Morkaut. Check out his website or hit him up on Twitter to see more of his work. Props to @chicagomcgovern for the find. A GOOD START All positive RT @bokamotoespn: NSAC now discussing positive, negative on dropping the acceptable T/E ratio from 6:1 to 4:1. ”” Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) March 21, 2013 SPIRITWOLF EXPLAINED Thank u all4the support Doctor just told me tht there was no contact to the groin&tht he diagnosed a panic attack is what he suffered. ”” Marcus Davis (@irishgrenade) March 22, 2013 SOUNDS LEGIT The guy who sold this to me today said I should eat one and then snort another … Wtf. I’m sick so”¦ ”” Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) March 21, 2013 COLOR ME JEALOUS Thank you @hbo & Game of Thrones for the coolest gift ever! I’m so beyond pumped for the 3rd season! ”” Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 20, 2013 MORE FOR CHAEL There will be no more lines to remember come April 27th. ”” Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 21, 2013 MY MAN Ass RT @__koz: @cow…

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