“I think that he’s a guy that got into it before this whole thing blew up. He was 16 and dropped out [of school] and that was 12 years ago. The UFC wasn’t what the UFC is now; MMA wasn’t what MMA is now. He didn’t get into this thing at all for the attention, he didn’t bargain for this side of it.
There is certainly the argument that you have to take the good with the bad and you have to show up to press conferences and all that but I think Nick maybe more than any guy that I’ve covered is truly just a fighter. That’s what he does, that’s what he lives.
He does nothing else, besides a little bit of herbal extra-curricular activity, he does nothing else but train, nothing.
If you go into his house it’s a bunch of fighters that live there. It’s a nice house… There’s Jiu Jitsu mats where the dining room is… There’s like a chandelier hanging over these Jiu Jitsu mats in what should be a dining room but he has no use for that, so there are mats in the room there’s mats all over the place, there’s workout equipment everywhere you look and that’s all he does and that’s not fake.”
This interview caught my attention in the week before the UFC 143 event. Obviously the statement of Nick’s recreational marijuana use was the item that stood out the most to me.
Reason being is because I was shocked that the UFC’s producer, who starts to film the series just three weeks out from fight night, admits that prior to the taping he had never met Nick and then proceeds to divulge knowledge of him smoking marijuana.
I took it as if, since he has knowledge of such a fact without any prior interactions with Diaz, that Nick must be using banned substances while training for his fight with Carlos Condit and in doing so would need to clean his system out before an eventual commission test in order to pass the drug screenings done by Nevada.
It now becomes almost troubling knowing that an employee of the UFC had knowledge of this fact and now, with the recent news that Diaz tested positive for marijuana, kind of brings to light what kind of responsibility should lie on the promotion.
They let the fight continue when it was essentially illegal for Nick Diaz to fight. Forget that fact that a UFC employee had this knowledge, and replace the producer with a representative from the Athletic commission, with this kind of first-hand knowledge the fight would have been cancelled.
Nick will do what he does, and I am not saying there is anything wrong with smoking marijuana, but if the UFC had knowledge of this should they take part in the blame?
And what about the interviewer, he laughed off the notion and did no further investigating into the fact that a man who had spent the last two solid weeks with Diaz stated he was using.
I guess you could spin this a million different ways and point the finger in just as many directions, but with the recent news of Diaz failing his test, I thought I would share this quote and put it up for discussion.
I’ve shared my thoughts… What are yours?
Note: If you want to see this interview with the producer of UFC Primetime, Jason Hehir, just click anywhere on this line. The quote featured starts around the 27 minute mark.