You heard it right. Nick Diaz, ahead of the biggest fight of his career, is unsure if he will pass the post-fight drug test. This all took place at the last pre-fight press conference for the pay-per-view event this Saturday. When questioned about the possibility of a failing a drug test, this is what Diaz answered with.
“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).”
Unfortunately, a trace or not, it does not matter, because no matter how much of the drug is in your system, you will fail the test. Canada is also known for catching fighters that generally test clean. Matt Riddle and Jake Shields, who had never failed a test, both got popped for banned substances in Canada. That is not a declaration that Canada’s drug testing is any different, it is just a stating of facts. Of course, this statement by Diaz lead people to question Dana White as to what he would do if Diaz failed another drug test.
White said if Diaz does fail the test, he would probably have to cut him. This will remind fighters of the Riddle situation, where he was cut after two failed drug tests, but according to White the reason for Riddle’s dismissal was due to his comments on marijuana and, in his words, “Matt Riddle is a f–ing moron. That’s why he got cut,” and it would be stupid for Diaz to fail another drug test – especially since he could be stripped of the title if he losses.