Cesar Gracie Talks Nick Diaz, Won't Let Him Quit
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Nick Diaz announced his retirement from MMA following a UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit earlier this year and that was followed up with an announcement from the NSAC that Diaz had failed a drug test, testing positive for marijuana metabolites.
Nick Diaz's coach Cesar Gracie was a guest on Sherdog Radio yesterday and discussed his pupil's decision to retire from MMA as well as the drug test Diaz failed and the issues surrounding it:
"It might be a good thing because will they make the Nevada State Athletic Commission explain themselves? ... Marijuana's like alcohol. You can't be drunk for your fight and you can't be high on marijuana for your fight. But they don't test to see if you, a month before, if you drank alcohol. Oh my God, we're going to have to fine you because you drank alcohol a month before your fight or eight days or two weeks or whatever they want to say. You can get drunk the night before your fight. You just can't get drunk the day of your fight.
"Their testing policy does not make sense, not only to the layman like you and me but also to the World Anti-Doping Agency. They don't test the way that [the NSAC does]. They don't do the metabolites, I think it's called. That just shows if you had weed in your fat cells that was stored there up to 45 days before your fight. It doesn't make sense.
"He's sick of the politics, the whole marijuana thing, the judges ... . It's kind of a weird thing, but let's face it: I'm not going to let that guy quit. I just don't see that happening. He's too good and he's too important in this sport, I think. If it's up to me, there's no way that's going to happen."
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