This Is How Long Nate Diaz Could Be Banned For Vaping Cannabis

By : Jennifer Browne |


While Nate Diaz didn’t win his epic rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202, he did win the respect of his opponent and a pretty hefty pay cheque for his efforts – but it may be a while before we see him fight again.

The MMA fighter could be in hot water with the UFC’s anti-doping agency for smoking a cannibis compound during Saturday’s post-fight press conference.

Diaz was vaping on the dais and, when asked by reporters what he was vaping, said it was CBD, or cannibidiol oil, according to MMA Fighting.

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He said:

It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.

Cannibidiol is one of 113 active cannabinoids in cannabis, which are banned in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code over a certain threshold. According to MMA Fighting, the ban is in place for the six hours before and after a fight. Considering Diaz’s appearance with media was shortly after his fight with McGregor, he was well within that timeframe.

And the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is now investigating it. Spokesperson Ryan Madden told MMA Fighting in a statement: “I can confirm that USADA is aware of the situation and is currently gathering information in order to determine the next appropriate steps.”

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As Diaz had already been drug tested before the press conference, he likely thought he was in the clear. But the company can suspend fighters for up to a year for marijuana use, and USADA could consider Diaz’s admission as admitted use, which is the same as a failed test.

The ban wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a Diaz brother though, as Nate’s older brother and fellow MMA fighter Nick had already been given a five-year ban in September 2015 after multiple positive tests for pot. Luckily for the fighter and his fans, that was reduced to 18 months, plus a $100,000 fine after widespread outcry, the Washington Post reports.

Considering his use didn’t affect the fight, hopefully USADA exercises caution when considering whether to issue a ban.


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