Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) will face the biggest challenge of his career this Saturday night when he takes on current UFC champion Georges St. Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC 158.
After yesterdays UFC 158 press conference, Nick Diaz fans may be rooting more for Nick to pass his post-fight drug test than to acutally claim the welterweight title this weekend. This is because UFC President Dana White stated today that if Nick were to fail his UFC 158 drug test, his next stop would likely be the unemployment line.
Ariel Helwani of mmafighting.com tweeted the following after speaking with Dana White:
@arielhelwani: Dana says if Nick tested positive for marijuana again they would “probably” have to cut him.
The fiery Stockton native already has a pair of drug-related disciplinary suspensions on his record, both from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and both resulting from marijuana use. Nick’s first failed test came back in 2007, after he submitted Takanori Gomi while under the Pride banner. His second came last year after UFC 143, where Diaz lost a controversial decision to Carlos Condit.
In the interest of his job security, one would think Nick would give up the green stuff a few months ahead of his fight. Right? Well, maybe not, considering the comments he made yesterday:
“I think [at UFC 143] I tested for a metabolite or a nanogram, it was hardly [a trace] so I just did a little more than I did last time so, sorry if I don’t pass the test, but I think it should work out. I’ve passed plenty of them before, unless they just weren’t testing me. I wonder how much they test people around here (glancing at St. Pierre).”
Will Nick pass his post fight drug test this Saturday night? Will he defeat Georges St. Pierre to earn the UFC welterweight title?
Let’s hear it Penn Nation!