High Rollerz hosted a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition where fighters must smoke marijuana before grappling up. The winner took home a pound of weed.

While we know athletes from various sports smoke marijuana, whether using CBD to treat ailments or to reduce pain after a tough match, perhaps nowhere is marijuana usage more prevalent than in MMA. As UFC commentator Joe Rogan has said, “A tremendous amount of UFC fighters smoke pot. A massive amount. […] More UFC fighters smoke pot than don’t smoke pot.”

But it’s still surprising to learn that High Rollerz hosted a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition where fighters must smoke marijuana before grappling up. Organizers estimated about half the tournament was “pro fighters.” And the prize? A pound of weed, which is an estimated worth between $4,000-5,000.

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Jeff Glover, the famed BJJ artist, won the tournament and agreed to split the brick 70/30 with the tournament’s runner-up.



This past Sunday, June 10, 2018, Los Angeles saw its first cannabis infused submission only jiu jitsu event, High Rollerz BJJ, at the Nexus Social Lounge. The event is the brain child of ‘Mighty Matt’ Staudt and Big Lonn, also known as Big and Mighty Productions. Featuring a Nick Diaz meet and greet, Renato Laranja as the official host on the mic, and Eddie Bravo as the referee, this modified EBI rule event brought in quite the crowd and ended up being a huge hit. The event was headlined by Jeff Glover and Georgi Karakhanyan as the featured match, with 16 man absolute brackets for blue through black belts.

Before every match the competitors would smoke together so that they were both high when they stepped on the mats to compete against each other. There were even some smoke breaks mid-match for certain competitors, particularly after one of the matches got a little heated and a joint had to be brought in to calm the two down.

The grand prize for the main event match was a pound of high quality marijuana, which jiu jitsu legend and vocal marijuana advocate Jeff Glover ended up taking home for his efforts. He also announced his retirement from jiu jitsu competition right afterwards, as he has been competing since he was a teenager and, as he said in his retirement Instagram post, “my hips are jacked up and my body is telling me to take it easy now.”

Joe Schilling was one of the more well-known competitors that participated in the event and recently talked about it on the Joe Rogan MMA Show. Check out what he had to say below, starting 16 minutes in to podcast.