Nate Diaz Faces Anti-Doping Agency Investigation after UFC Star Smokes Cannabis in front of World’s Media

Article by Will Griffee, The Daily Mail

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Nate Diaz withstood some incredible punishment at UFC 202 but may be about to take some more as he faces an investigation from the US anti-doping agency.

The Stockton fighter was seen smoking from a vape pen at the post-fight press conference. When asked about it, Diaz explained the substance was called CBD oil which is similar to medical marijuana and used to ease physical pain and trauma.

Cannabinoids are on a list of banned in-competition substances and are a group of closely related compounds found in cannabis. The definition of ‘in competition’ is six hours before the fight and six hours after it, meaning Diaz’s decision to light up at the post-fight press conference could come back to haunt him. 

The UFC are partnered with the US anti-doping agency and have cracked down on use of substances on the banned list with numerous fighters receiving bans.

Given that Diaz explained what he was doing in front of media gathered from around the world, there was little chance the indiscretion would not be brought to the attention of USADA.

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