The truth regarding Nick Diaz’ unwillingness to take a “random” drug test has finally come out. According to GracieFighter.com, the website run by his long-time trainer Cesar Gracie, Diaz decided against taking the test to salvage a future re-match against Joe Riggs. If Diaz would have submitted a urine sample last Friday as required, “[he] would have tested positive for Cannabis,” GracieFighter reported.
“A positive test would not only have barred him from participating on August 15th, but would have also made him ineligible to fight for over a year in California, thus making his rematch fight with Joe Riggs a remote possibility. After weighing all options, it was decided that his best option would be to forego this fight,” the website explained.
Diaz reportedly would have been ready to submit a clean urine sample a day before the fight, as customary for pre-fight samples, but the California State Athletic Commission had unexpectedly asked Diaz to come in eight days in advance in order to get licensed.
Diaz and Co. decided as a unit that not taking the impromptu drug test and waiting out a re-match with Riggs, the opponent he was originally supposed to face for the open welterweight title at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” this Saturday, would be their best move under the circumstances.
Riggs took a close unanimous decision over Diaz at UFC 57 back in 2006. It was the second of three consecutive unanimous decision Octagon losses that Diaz suffered before getting punted from the UFC.