Kelvin Gastelum no longer has to worry about failing a drug test for marijuana use. The middleweight contender is happy to see the rule changed by United States Anti-Doping Agency (UDSADA) and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) earlier this year and it has given Gastelum one less thing to think about come fight time.
Gastelum, who fights Jared Cannonier later tonight (Sat., Aug. 21, 2021) at UFC Vegas 34 live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, has always been in favor of taking marijuana off the banned substance list. The eight-year UFC vet doesn’t believe it provides any advantage inside or outside of the cage. Gastelum has used it in the past to help him relax, but nothing that gives him an upper hand over an opponent.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) delivers another action-packed card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Aug. 21, 2021, headlined by a critical match up in the stacked Middleweight division, as No. 3-ranked contender, Jared Cannonier, collides with No. 9-seeded Kelvin Gastelum. In UFC Vegas 34’s co-main event, relentless grapplers lock horns when Clay Guida tangles with Mark O. Madsen.
“Everybody knows the use (of marijuana) is not something that’s an advantage; if anything I think it’s the contrary,” Gastelum told MMA Junkie. “I think someone that uses marijuana is actually in a way harming themselves, but it also helps athletes like me relax – just relax the muscles and the nerves – and it has many advantages, but