UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre isn’t exactly best friends with former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz, but the Canadian MMA fighter did have a few words of encouragement for the Stockton native.
“He’s at the highest point of his career, and if he retires now, he’s left a lot of money on the table that could pay for all of the sacrifices he has made during all those years,” GSP said in an interview with Bruce Buffer. “I think the sport of mixed martial arts needs a guy like him.”
Diaz announced his retirement after losing to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, and his positive post-fight drug test certainly doesn’t help things (tested positive for marijuana). Given the fact Diaz is a repeat offender with the Nevada State Athletic Commission; a suspension is likely to follow.
MMA fans and fighters have a wide variety of opinions regarding Diaz’ failed test. I personally think it’s a little silly Diaz is in trouble for testing positive for marijuana, given the fact he actually has a prescription to legally use. It certainly doesn’t give him any sort of advantage inside the cage. If anything, marijuana slows down the users’ reflexes, making things like slipping punches (and checking kicks) that much harder.
Even though I don’t think marijuana is a performance enhancing drug, Diaz did break the rules, and he certainly knew NSAC’s stance on marijuana use.
“He was surprised he tested positive,” Diaz’ trainer Cesar 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… Everyone knows he smokes marijuana medicinally in California. He has a legal right to do it in this state.”
Considering the fact NSAC currently allows fighters to get away with things like testosterone replacement therapy, it’s probably time they soften their stance on marijuana use.