LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – As if losing a marquee fight and taking a physical beating weren’t bad enough, UFC star Nate Diaz could potentially face sanctions after the fighter was seen self-medicating with a possible illegal cannabis product following Saturday night’s UFC 202 brawl.
During his post-fight press conference after losing on a decision to Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena Saturday night, Diaz spoke to reporters while puffing on a vape pen filled with cannibidiol oil, a cannabis plant extract banned by US and world anti-doping agencies.
Diaz even directly addressed the question of what he was smoking when reporters asked.
“This is TURE, the TRUE company. It’s CBD. It helps with healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. So you want to get these for before, after the fight, training, It will make your life a better place,” said Diaz. “It’s CBD oil, if you don’t know what that is.”
Diaz’s self-medication did not escape the notice of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, charged with regulating and overseeing possible drug use among athletes during in-competition windows.
In a statement to website MMA Fighting, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden stated, “I can confirm that USADA is aware of the situation and is currently gathering information in order to determine the next appropriate steps.”
Pre- and post-fight drug tests are standard around UFC bouts and the results of Diaz’s UFC 202 test battery were not immediately released. In 12 years on the MMA scene, Diaz has never failed a pre or post-fight drug test.