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02-13-2012, 09:47 PM
Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz Was Surprised He Tested Positive

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Days after the announcement that Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana and will be disciplined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Diaz's manager and trainer Cesar Gracie said Diaz was surprised by the result of his drug test. Not because Diaz doesn't use marijuana -- he admits he does -- but because Diaz thought he had taken all the necessary steps to make sure the marijuana metabolites were out of his system before the drug test.

"I was very disappointed," Gracie said on The MMA Hour. "Everyone knows he smokes marijuana medicinally in California. He has a legal right to do it in this state."
Gracie said he was the one who was informed of the positive test and passed along the word to Diaz, and that Diaz had thought he had stopped using marijuana for long enough before the UFC 143 fight with Carlos Condit, and had enough water pass through his system, that a test would come up negative.

"He was surprised he tested positive," Gracie said. "He does the same ritual every fight for the last five years. He stops it in time and he cleanses his system, works out like crazy, drinks a lot of water and purges his system of it."

Gracie said he thought Diaz's weight cut may have contributed to the marijuana metabolites staying in his system longer than usual. Gracie said the Diaz camp has hired an attorney, Ross Goodman of Las Vegas, who will help to appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

This is the second time that Diaz has failed a drug test in Nevada, having previously tested positive following his Pride victory over Takanori Gomi. Because this is a second offense, Diaz could face a yearlong suspension. It's also possible that Diaz -- who hinted immediately following the loss to Condit that he might retire from MMA -- could quit fighting entirely. Gracie said that's going through Diaz's mind now, but that he believes Diaz will ultimately decide he wants to continue competing.

"It's quite possible, actually," Gracie said of Diaz possibly walking away. "I really believe he loves fighting. I think he's fought too much and I think with all the politics that come with this sport and everything, the negativity, it's a crazy thing and I don't think he likes that part of it and the media and everything. He wanted to test himself as a martial artist and that was the most important thing, even more important than financial gain."

Ultimately, Gracie thinks Diaz will step back into the cage at some point, once he has put whatever discipline Nevada hands down behind him.

"I think after a certain amount of time he'll get the love back," Gracie said. "So I do want him to go through this process and try to clear everything and get him back on track fighting."

Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz Was Surprised He Tested Positive - MMA Fighting (http://www.mmafighting.com/2012/2/13/2795540/ufc-143-cesar-gracie-nick-diaz-carlos-condit-marijuana-drug-test-mma-news)

02-13-2012, 10:39 PM
Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz Was Surprised He Tested Positive

Well that makes one of us!!!!

02-14-2012, 05:45 AM
The more I think about it the more the whole marijuana issue in mma seems fucked up..

Not necessarily in the Diaz case in particular (because some people are waaay to emotional about it still...) but more so in general

People keep talking about whether or not weed is a performance enhancing drug (eg. lessens pain during a fight) and does it help if your high during a fight. Yet, the athletic commission utilizes a piss test to test for the dope, a piss test cannot determine levels of impairment or if one is intoxicated at that time. They can only confirm, yes, marijuana is in the system sometime with in the last month or whatever.

So if weed being a performance enhancing drug is the concern and the commissions do not want fighters competing while high should they not use a blood test? A blood test can much more accurately determine thc levels and tell if a person is currently under the influence.

If you decide not to use the blood test and instead use the blood test, marijuana being a PED should be removed from the discussion as that is not what they are being tested for. If marijuana is considered a PED for the actual training and that is the concern then maybe it makes sense.

It seems kind of stupid the UFC / Dana clearly knew Diaz was and does blaze. UFC staff witnessed Diaz blazing during the primetime shows but yet it was all cool as long as he passed the tests come fight night... That would tell me fighters smoking while not fighting and training should not be a big concern and therefore a piss test is again useless.

Anyways just my two cents, this was talked about on the mmashow the other day and had me thinking how fuck ass backwards the system actually is.