MMA fans scrolling through their Twitter feeds on Wednesday night likely hit the metaphorical brakes hard when they saw "Nate Diaz just lit up a joint at UFC 241 open workouts." After a few tense moments wondering what this all meant, including UFC president Dana White breaking out a facepalm emoji, it turned out to be Diaz's (entirely legal) personal brand of CBD, not marijuana.
Nate and his older brother Nick are outspoken advocates of cannabis. While Nick has thrice tested positive for marijuana after fights, the closest Nate has come to an issue was smoking CBD following his UFC 202 loss to Conor McGregor. While that did violate a USADA rule at the time, he was not punished and USADA subsequently removed CBD from their banned substances list.
It turns out Diaz was once again indulging in CBD during the open workouts. That didn't stop White from an initially frustrated reaction with the optics that it brings.
After passing the "joint" through the crowd, the confusion was cleared up and fans were able to let out a sigh of relief that Diaz'sjust days before the event. Just another day in the life of one of MMA's most revered folk heroes who could see his stock skyrocket into the title picture with a win over Anthony Pettis on Saturday.
Diaz said the joint was CBD, his own line from Game Up Nutrition. CBD is legal in- and out-of-competition in the UFC’s anti-doping policy. Diaz said he’ll have to save the THC for after the fight since it’s prohibited in-competition.— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) August 15, 2019
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