Throughout all the drama surrounding Nick Diaz’ failed drug test, Carlos Condit has remained somewhat silent, but now his thoughts are coming to the surface. Condit opened up to Sports Illustrated about Diaz testing positive for marijuana following their controversial fight.
I don’t care. The thing about it is, it’s something they test for. It’s against the Nevada [State] Athletic Commission [rules]. I don’t really consider it to be a performance-enhancing drug, but the fact is, they’re testing for it. And you know they’re testing for it. Whatever you do in between camps, if you know they’re testing for this stuff then you’ve got to figure something out. In the past, he’s said, ‘Oh, I can smoke and I can pass these tests no problem.’ That attitude kind of came back and bit him in the ass.
Condit may not care about Diaz having marijuana in his system, but he does care about how it affects his own immediate future. Condit explained that he actually wanted the rematch after realizing how big the fight would be.
“So I called [Dana White],” Condit said. “…We talked about [the fight] a little bit. He said he thought that I won, but at the same time a lot of people were calling for the rematch and it would be a huge fight. The day before I had told my manager that I’d be into a rematch, and I told Dana White the same thing. I said I’m down. Let’s just figure out the details and we’ll do it.”
“I don’t think I need the rematch. I won the fight; I think I’d win a rematch. But the thing about it is, I want to be in big fights, fights where there’s a lot of buzz, a lot of people wanting to see the fight, and a rematch with Nick Diaz fits the bill.”
It’s all a moot point now for Carlos Condit. He has the interim belt and will move on with his career. That’s not the case for Nick Diaz though. He’ll spend the foreseeable future dealing with this issue with the NSAC and his manager Cesar Gracie may not be helping his cause. Gracie admitted on The MMA Hour yesterday that he was fully aware the Nick had smoked marijuana, but he and Nick both thought he [Nick] had taken the right steps to basically fool the drug test. He claims Diaz has a “ritual” he goes through to detoxify his body prior to taking the test. From what Gracie says, it doesn’t sound like Nick did anything different than my old dorm buddies that had to fool the drug test to get hired at Subway. The ritual seems simple: drink a lot of water and sweat.
He was surprised he tested positive. He does the same ritual every fight for the last five years. He stops it in time and he cleanses his system, works out like crazy, drinks a lot of water and purges his system of it.
This seems like an instance it would have been better to just say nothing. What has Gracie said that was even worth saying? He says he knew (I admit we all knew.) one of his fighters was getting high. Knowing Dana’s history with black listing pretty much anything that pisses him off, I’m not sure why Gracie would even come out and say this. I get that Diaz has the medical card; we all do. It just seems foolish to me to admit you know your fighters are, for lack of a better way of saying it, breaking the rules. I really doubt that Dana will ban Diaz, as he does have a lot of star power behind him. Plus, Dana hasn’t even hinted at it, but that’s never a side of the fence anybody involved with The UFC should ever even consider visiting. Diaz’ full disciplinary action is expected to be handed down soon, and the early signs tend to suggest Diaz will fight the result or at least shoot for a shortened suspension, as he has hired attorney Ross Goodman.