Here we are, two weeks after the epic grudge match between MMA fighters Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. McGregor put a technical hurting on Diaz, and walked out of the ring victorious, but it is Diaz that has remained in headlines since. Diaz’ time in the limelight is the result of his latest showdown: Nate Diaz vs United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in the buds bout of the century.
Round 1: Fight!
If you’ve been following my stories, or just breathing fresh air, you probably caught wind of the controversy surrounding Nate Diaz’ post-UFC 202 interviews. During his post fight pressers, Diaz pulled from a nifty little vaporizer. You would think people would be interested in his feelings about the fight, but the drama-seeking media chose to focus on the vape.
You would think people would be interested in his feelings about the fight, but the drama-seeking media chose to focus on the vape.
When asked by a reporter to explain what exactly he was smoking, Diaz replied,
It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training (sic). It’ll make your life a better place.
Savvy cannabis users will know that CBD is non-psychoactive, non-addictive and non-toxic. It is great for pain management, inflammation and cognitive functioning – qualities that any athlete values.
Diaz is clearly tuned into the healing powers of the cannabinoid CBD, but USADA considers it a “specified substance”. Specified substances are not anabolic or hormonal agents, but they are still prohibited in certain cases, like during competition.
USADA and the UFC consider competition to be 6 hours before a fight, during a fight, and 6 hours after a fight.
Though Diaz’ use of CBD, in this case, was designed to help recovery, he used it immediately after the fight. He broke the 6-hour rule, and subsequently lost round 1 against USADA, for point deductions.
Round 2: Blunts over bashings
USADA spokesman Ryan Madden recently discussed Diaz’ alleged violation of their regulations,
I can confirm that USADA is aware of the situation and is currently gathering information in order to determine the next appropriate steps.
While USADA is busy trying to bust Diaz for using CBD, Diaz is busy partying with rapper Snoop Dogg. Facing a potential 1-year suspension from the UFC for his vaping episode, Diaz showed up at a Snoop Dogg concert near San Francisco to blow off some steam.
Diaz regularly throws up his middle finger in the ring during his fights to express his dominance. While at the Snoop concert, he threw up a metaphorical middle finger to USADA by snapping a photo of himself with what can only be described as a massive blunt.
Though his blunt toting behavior at the Snoop show might get him into more hot water with USADA, I’m giving round 2 to Diaz. His brazen disregard for what USADA thinks about his relationship with cannabis pushed him over the top in this round.
Round 3: A new champ is crowned
Nate and his brother Nick were given the red carpet treatment at the Snoop show. Their all access passes put them side by side with the king of chronic. Thanks to Snapchat and Instagram, their backstage moments will forever live on the internet.
Though Diaz’ antics during the show are inevitably going to cost him in the short term, I suspect he will be thrust towards a new level of superstardom in the long term. Anytime you pair Snoop Dogg, weed, and another recognizable face, you get excitement.
This case is no exception. Whether Diaz is suspended by USADA for his vaping or not, he will inevitably come out on top financially. Be on the look out for Diaz to begin repping a cannabis company. Who knows, he might come out with his own weed products!
Your winner and new UFC cannabis champion by TKO in the 3rd round is… Nate Diaz!