This is freaking ridiculous. Yes, smoking marijuana is illegal. But is a positive marijuana test a legitimate basis for overturning a fight result? According to athletic commissions, yes it is. Nevada has been overturning the wins of fighters who pop for pot for a while now, most famously after Nick Diaz boxed Takanori Gomi up and gogo’d him. Now California has started doing the same.
Previously the commission could only declare a no contest where a fighter had tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
But under the recently enacted section 368 of the California Code of Regulations, the commission can now overturn a result where there is proof that a fighter has used any banned substance at all, such as a recreational drug.
Isaac DeJesus found that out first hand yesterday when he became the first fighter to have his win overturned to a ‘no decision’ under the new rules. He tested positive for marijuana after a fight with Russ Miura.
The fight took place on May 6th. DeJesus’ results became known shortly afterwards and when they were published, Miura’s management team Iridium Sports Agency appealed to CSAC for the decision to be overturned.
Isaac deJesus KO’d Miura in just under three minutes into the first round. I’m not exactly sure how marijuana gave him the magic abilities to do this, but because deJesus smoked weed leading up to the fight, the reality of what happened will no longer be reflected in their records. Meanwhile, steroid use remains rampant in the sport and no changes are being made to help catch the real cheaters. Awesome.