In a recent interview, UFC middleweight Kendall Grove offered the following statement when asked about MMA's crackdown on marijuana:
"See, marijuana is a touchy subject. I’m a rock star — I’ve been smoking weed since I was in the 6th grade, I can openly say that. But I’m also clean when I fight. I cut that shit out — I’m a professional. Don’t get me wrong, my first six fights, I fought high, I fought stoned. But when you get to this level, you have to take responsibility. It’s your job. I stop doing that stuff three months out. I just think they blew it way out of proportion. What did they say with Nick Diaz? 'Oh, him smoking weed made his pain threshold higher—'
"It’s stupid. Steroids actually make you run faster, make you stronger — it’s a performance enhancer. And weed just makes you gain weight and be lazy. "
To be honest, this does not surprise or bother me at all. Until recently, there'd been a picture of Kendall on his MySpace page of what looked a lot like him lying on a bed with a blunt in his hand. Marijuana smoke is certainly not Grove's biggest problem; not utilizing his tremendous size advantage is.