The most basic rule in baseball couldn’t be any more black and white – three strikes and you’re out. In the UFC there’s a little gray area – three positive marijuana tests and you’re “probably” out.
When UFC president Dana White was asked following Thursday’s press conference if he would be forced to fire Nick Diaz (pictured) if the welterweight top contender flunked a third drug exam because of marijuana, White indecisively responded by stating “probably.”
Diaz ends his year-long marijuana suspension Saturday by challenging reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 158. His urinalysis came up positive for marijuana metabolites after losing to Carlos Condit for the vacant interim title at UFC 143 in February 2012.
It wasn’t an isolated incident for the habitual medical marijuana smoker. Following his upset victory over Takanori Gomi at Pride 33, the Nevada State Athletic Commission overturned his win to a no contest after traces of THC were found in his system.
During today’s presser, Diaz was asked on two separate occasions what steps he took to ensure he comes up clean on his next screening. Diaz didn’t seem too worried, and judging by his answer, he was still smoking weed ahead of the St-Pierre fight.
“I think I tested for metabolites or a nanogram or something [at UFC 143], so I just did a little more than I did last time [to make sure I pass],” Diaz shared. “I’m sorry if I don’t pass the test, but I think it should work out.
“I’ve passed plenty of them before, unless they just weren’t testing me. I wonder how much they test people around here.”
Regie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux, Quebec’s athletic commission who will oversee UFC 158, is expected to test fighters for performance-enhancing substances as well as drugs of abuse, such as marijuana and cocaine.
UFC 158 takes place inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Diaz looks to dethrone St-Pierre in the show’s featured attraction.