Nate Diaz is going to be subjected to marijuana testing after all.
During Tuesday’s Jake Paul-Nate Diaz press conference in Dallas, Diaz was asked about the Texas commission’s strict marijuana testing policy.
A surprised Diaz joked about moving the fight to California while one of his representatives said they were working things out with the Texas commission.
"WAIT, WHAT HAPPENED?"
Nate Diaz was thrown for a loop hearing about Texas' zero tolerance policy on marijuana. 😳#PaulDiaz | Faceoff video: https://t.co/tmyRBQbiZy pic.twitter.com/pbLPSqTNkj
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) May 9, 2023
MMA Junkie and MMA Fighting reached out to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and they are insisting that Diaz will be subjected to marijuana testing for his fight against Paul in Dallas.
Via MMA Junkie
“Mr. Diaz will be held to the same rules as everyone else who competes in combative sports events in Texas.”
Although many states and other regulating bodies like the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), no longer punish fighters for detected marijuana use, the TDLR has a strict 50 ng/ml THC threshold in which any THC level over 50ng/ml is a violation.
Tests over the THC threshold will receive a 90-day suspension and $500 fine. If the athlete wins her or his fight, the win also will be overturned to a no contest.
TDLR spokesperson to me on question of Nate Diaz and drug testing in Texas. Specifically, I asked whether VADA could supersede commission:
"Mr. Diaz will be held to the same rules as everyone else who competes in combative sports events in Texas."
— Steven Marrocco (@MMAFightingSM) May 10, 2023