Even ‘El Pantera’, Yair Rodriguez, has become a vocal CBD advocate. Rodriguez was ranked the 5 th best UFC fighter in 2019, and so he has a pretty big platform. He uses this to preach about CBD, often tweeting about his latest products.
Mixed martial arts is a high-contact, high-risk sport. Injuries are common, and fighters often expect severe injuries no matter their skill level. Even after recovery, MMA fighters may experience chronic, lingering pain.
These 4 MMA Fighters Are Using CBD
With so many consumption methods and potential benefits, it’s no wonder MMA fighters are using CBD in increasing numbers.
Perhaps the most famous MMA fighter using CBD right now is Nate Diaz. Diaz has been exceptionally vocal about his CBD use. Way back in 2016, Diaz popularized CBD when he puffed on a CBD vape pen during a post-fight interview.
However, for MMA fighters, topicals are often the first port of call. A topical is a product you apply to the skin. It creates localized effects that kick in quickly and work well. Furthermore, many CBD topicals contain additional pain-relieving ingredients that are perfect for injuries.
In no time at all, Rutten was using heavy doses that not only got him addicted but also led to liver damage. Rutten’s since recovered with the help of CBD and is now a leading advocate for its use among MMA fighters
This isn’t the case with opioid painkillers. Once addicted, it can take weeks to reverse the effects. And some people report digestive disturbances that remain several months after stopping treatment — which is less than ideal for someone performing in front of millions of fans around the world.
MMA Legend Bas Rutten and CBD
Thanks to this and the overall rise in CBD’s popularity, many MMA fighters are now using CBD as a natural, safe, and legal way to improve their recovery.
MMA fighters deal with regular abuse to their bodies — both in the gym and during their fights.
* Refer to our CBD dosage guide to determine what these strengths equate to in milligrams of CBD based on weight.