Cesar Gracie, coach, mentor and trainer to controversial UFC welterweight Nick Diaz has a rare degree of insight into the mind of his mercurial student. Gracie has been in Diaz' corner since before the beginning of Diaz' pro career, training him in jiu-jitsu and managing his career.
Diaz vowed to retire after his controversial loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in a UFC interim Welterweight title bout. Then the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that Diaz had failed his post-fight drug test, coming up positive for marijuana, his second pot test failure in Nevada.
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Gracie spoke to Sherdog about Diaz, the NSAC and medical marijuana:
"It might be a good thing because will they make the Nevada State Athletic Commission explain themselves? ... Marijuana's like alcohol. You can't be drunk for your fight and you can't be high on marijuana for your fight. But they don't test to see if you, a month before, if you drank alcohol. Oh my God, we're going to have to fine you because you drank alcohol a month before your fight or eight days or two weeks or whatever they want to say. You can get drunk the night before your fight. You just can't get drunk the day of your fight.
"Their testing policy does not make sense, not only to the layman like you and me but also to the World Anti-Doping Agency. They don't test the way that [the NSAC does]. They don't do the metabolites, I think it's called. That just shows if you had weed in your fat cells that was stored there up to 45 days before your fight. It doesn't make sense.
"He's sick of the politics, the whole marijuana thing, the judges ... . It's kind of a weird thing, but let's face it: I'm not going to let that guy quit. I just don't see that happening. He's too good and he's too important in this sport, I think. If it's up to me, there's no way that's going to happen."