In California, an original Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament was held – athletes must pull the joint before entering the battle. Participants include Joe Schilling, Georgy Karakhanyan, Charles Bennet and Jeff Glover.
In any city in California, you can find gyms with a bunch of celebrities. And you can look into the hall, which will have thick smoke and the smell of marijuana. There you will not see any dubious people, but you will meet cool mixed martial arts fighters competing in the discipline of jiu-jitsu.
It is very likely that this is one of the wildest sports tournaments you have ever heard of – High Rollerz BJJ. The fact is that during the competition, fighters are required to smoke joints. Smoked – and start to fight. Some participants manage to blow smoke even during the break between rounds.
The winner receives a pound of marijuana (approximately 450 grams). The market value of such a prize in California is 4-5 thousand dollars. The organizers of the tournament aim to bring to the masses the culture of smoking marijuana and the culture of jiu-jitsu.
The fights were served by one of the best grapplers in the world, Tony Ferguson’s trainer Eddie Bravo. Nick Diaz was also noticed at the tournament, known not only for his victories in martial arts, but also for promoting the idea of legalizing “weed” to the masses.
“I would recommend weed to all fighters, especially those who drink. If you have a joint, then you will give 110%. Most of the damn kids drink Vicodin and ruin their health. If I’m at home and exercising, doing the same things every day, then I definitely want cannabis. Thanks to him, it makes me feel better, ”said Diaz.
In the final duel, Glover and Karakhanyan met. The American managed to win and take the main prize of the tournament. However, Glover decided to generously shower Karakhanyan, dividing the gift at a ratio of 70 to 30.
If you’re an avid YouTuber, you’ve probably come across comedian Joe Rogan’s podcasts. He is also a UFC commentator and practices jiu-jitsu. During the broadcasts, he can calmly pull the joint and offer the interlocutor, as was the case during an interview with Elon Musk. According to him, smoking weed is quite common among fighters. “A huge number of UFC fighters smoke weed. More fighters smoke than non-smokers,” says Rogan.
However, not everyone shares the ideology of smoking. U.S. Athletic Commissions continue to suspend fighters for testing positive for marijuana before or after a fight. It was the same with Diaz, who repeatedly caught on the “grass”. Last year, UFC representative Cynthia Calvillo received a 9-month suspension for traces of cannabis in the body.