Nate Diaz could be seen puffing on a vape pen during a post-fight news conference Saturday night, adding to the long storied history between UFC fighters and their love of medical marijuana.
Following his majority-decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202, the 31 year old Diaz - whose older brother, Nick Diaz, is an outspoken cannabis proponent - said he was smoking CBD oil, a derivative of marijuana called cannabidiol.
“It helps with the healing process and inflammation and things like that, so you want to get these for before or after the fights in training,” Diaz said.“It’ll make your life a better place.”
Diaz and his brother, both of whom fight in the UFC and have undergone suspensions due to marijuana use, have long discussed the “sacred plant,” as UFC announcer Joe Rogan refers to cannabis. Nick Diaz said he has held a medical marijuana card to treat attention deficit disorder. In fact, Nick was unable to work in his brother’s corner during Saturday’s night because he tested positive for marijuana in a January 2015 loss.
Nate Diaz, who underwent a suspension this year ending 4/20, provided drug-testing samples to the Nevada State Athletic Commission after the fight Saturday, but before vaping. After the fight, Diaz was en route to an after-party and Mandalay Bay’s Light nightclub.
“And my brother’s going to be there, that’s cool,” Diaz said. “They let him in there.”
In the spirit of MMA fighters and their medicine, MERRY JANE put together a list of UFC fighters discussing cannabis.
“People say that marijuana is going to hurt my career. On the contrary, my fight career is getting in the way of my marijuana smoking.”
– Nick Diaz, Strikeforce Welterweight Champion
“Getting high and working out is one of the least talked about and least appreciated pleasures of fitness. Lifting weights is fun when you’re under the spell, cardio is cool too, but for me, nothing compares to getting really high and hitting the heavy bag.”
- Joe Rogan, UFC announcer.
"It (Marijuana) doesn't just help me sleep, it relaxes me. It also takes care of my aches and pains. I've had four surgeries since I joined the UFC and I had knee surgery before I signed with them. Even taking ibuprofen makes me sick, I get nauseous and it hurts my stomach. I can't even handle anything stronger than that, I'm not allergic to it, I just can't stomach it."
- Matt Riddle upon being kicked out of MMA for marijuana use.
"I think that's why it's really important for people like me to speak out in favor of it. You can be successful, you can be a good parent, you can be a good husband and person. You can do all of these good and positive things and still use cannabis. It's not heroin. It's not any of these horrible things that people can be doing."
- welterweight John Fitch
“You do your steroids and I’ll smoke my medical marijuana and then we can get our fight on.”