UFC welterweight Nick Diaz recently turned heads by refusing to guarantee he would pass a post-fight drug test after tonight’s tilt with champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158. Though Diaz admitted he curbed his medical marijuana use leading up to the bout, the 29-year old still left the door open for the possibility of him getting popped for pot again and didn’t seem overly concerned about the repercussions either.
Diaz has been suspended twice already in his career for smoking weed with the most recent instance occurring after his last fight. As a result, Diaz was issued a mandatory twelve-month vacation in addition to paying out a hefty fine. While it would seem such punishment might detract Diaz from doing the same this time around, it actually appears the polarizing pugilist enjoyed his stint on the sidelines.
“I feel a lot better having had a year off. Regardless of any disadvantages that might be at hand right now, I feel great. I think it was good to have some time off. At a certain point in time, it’s a lot of hard work to stay healthy fighting 3-4 times a year,” explained Diaz to Fuel TV after weighing in for his bout with GSP. “At a certain point in time you’ve gotta shut it down and have some time off. And I wasn’t ever gonna get that.”
“Plus I needed the money before. I wasn’t gonna miss out on any kind of payday,” Diaz concluded, shedding some light on the root of his mindset regarding his decision to keep toking leading up to this evening’s match-up in comparison to playing it safer for the past pairings.
If Diaz fails his drug test this go round the punishment could be much more severe. In addition to another extended absence from action and a financial blow, doing so may also result in his release from the UFC.
The full interview with Diaz can be seen below:
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