It’s already time for this week’s installment of “This Is Why No One Takes MMA Seriously.” My, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were excoriating a fighter for assaulting a restaurant critic over a negative review. Now we have a main event fighter openly bragging about smoking marijuana before bouts.
(Does this look like the face of a man who smokes pot regularly?)
“I got high in my [hotel] room the night before every [UFC] fight,” said Nick Diaz, will be taking on Frank Shamrock on Saturday. The 25-year-old is 18-7 in his career, with one very glaring no contest, which we’ll get to later. You’d think that just two days away from stepping into a fight with one of the most dangerous men in the world, he’d want his head to be clear to concentrate. But that’s not how Diaz rolls.
Like most habitual users, you can’t trust half the stuff that comes out of his mouth. So when he says he smokes weed to cope with his childhood ADD, you have to ask yourself if these are the words of someone who badly needs his herb for medicinal purposes:
“I’m happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].
“I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I’ll be fine.”
And, yeah, about passing that drug test. An impressive win in 2007 was vacated after Diaz tested positive for marijuana use. A state athletic commissioner argued he had so much in his system, he was numb to pain. He was fined and suspended for six months.
“The drug is banned because of the damage it does to the person taking it,” said Keith Kizer, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive officer. “It could make you lethargic, slow your reflexes, and those are dangerous things in a combat sport.”
One of the grizzled old vets of the circuit, Shamrock has the best take on Diaz:
“He definitely smokes marijuana. That’s his own business, but it’s not the greatest thing for the sport. We’re fighting a stigma. Still, there’s something refreshing about his honesty.”