Whether these fighters like it or not they are starting to become this upcomming generations heroes. I have actually heard 10-13 year old children talking about how cool Chuck Liddel is, or how awesome it was that Randy Couture won, or the one that made me cry - how he wanted to be tall like Tim Sylvia so he could punch people but they couldn't hit him.
Lets be honest about a few things, our generation got the shaft when it came to heroes. Our fathers heroes secrets were kept by the press because people read the nice stories over the bad ones, but not our generation. Almost every hero we have had has somehow let us down. Even Jordan got busted for banging chicks all accross this great nation. We know every dirty secret about everyone who we idolize at some point. Am I saying that because Michael Irving did coke that somewhere someone else is too? No. What I am saying is that it does ruin the experience of having a hero when you see him getting hauled off to jail, or on tv having to apologize for the crap he did.
These fighters are the up and coming heroes whether they like it or not, so they should start acting like it. I would love it if they all had the attitudes of Randy Couture, Cro Cop, Forrest Griffen, Chuck Liddel, people who love what they do, don't get in trouble for stupid crap, and manage to be a role model for children on how to behave in life. I'm not talking about fighting, but how to talk to people, how to respect each other, how even after a huge fight with someone to go over and shake their hand afterwards.
Sorry for the rant, but to sum it up Pot is illegal and the last thing we need this next generation to go through is what we went through. They do not need to see Diego Sanchez win 19 straight fights and then get arrested for pot possesion (I know he didn't, but you get my point).