Dana White Says Nick Diaz Situation Frustrating, but Doubts He’ll Retire


Nick Diaz UFC 129Play the game just “this much.”

That has long been the plea of UFC president Dana White in trying to get Nick Diaz back into the Octagon. That’s all the fighter from the 209 needed to do, play the game “this much.”

But upon returning to the UFC, initially to challenge welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Diaz missed booked flights and important promotional obligations, causing the UFC brass to demote him.

After an outstanding performance against B.J. Penn at UFC 137, however, he was given a second chance. He put in another solid effort, this time in losing a controversial decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143.

Sure Diaz was upset with the decision, threatening retirement, but then playing the game came back to bite him once again. Diaz failed his post-fight drug test, coming up hot for marijuana metabolites, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“We invested a lot of money in him. He came off looking incredible after that series,” White said in a Fuel TV interview. “People who didn’t like him liked him. It’s very frustrating.”

But then “frustrating” is a word that Nick Diaz tends to wear as tightly as his triathlon speed suit.

“Going into this fight, I had a talk with Nick. Nick, play the game this much. And playing the game that much means don’t smoke marijuana around any of your fights, don’t do anything illegal, show up to some press conferences,” said White.  “I’ve been very lenient with Nick Diaz.”

It’s never been a secret that Diaz uses marijuana. He has a medicinal marijuana card in California, allowing him to legally use the substance. He is not, however, exempt from the restrictions athletic commissions impose upon marijuana use by fighters.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission does not allow you to smoke marijuana. You cannot have traces of marijuana in your system,” White explained. “It’s pretty simple. There’s a list of drugs that you can and can’t do. Marijuana is one of the can’t dos.”

The positive drug test result will likely keep Diaz on the sidelines for quite some time. He’s already served a six-month suspension and had his victory over Takanori Gomi taken away in Nevada for testing positive at Pride 33 in 2007. A second offense in the state isn’t likely to earn him much leniency from the commissioners.

After dealing with the punishment he receives from the NSAC, the question then becomes, “Was Diaz serious about retiring?” Is he frustrated enough with what he deemed a bad decision by the judges and dealing with athletic commissions and all the necessary evils that accompany stardom in the fight game that he will just hang up his gloves and walk away?

“I doubt he’d retire. Nobody has called me and said he wants to retire,” said White, although he has no special insight into what is going through Diaz’s mind at this point.

“This is what he does,” he explained. “He’s a fighter. Whether he likes it or doesn’t like it, the whole love and hate thing, Nick Diaz was born to fight.”

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 22 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC president Dana White confirmed to UFC Tonight that Anderson Silva will jump to the front of the line and earn a middleweight title shot if he beats Nick Diaz on January 31st. Apparently one of th read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 17 views

Add UFC President Dana White to the list of people interested in a rematch between Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 13 hours ago
  • 1 views

UFC president Dana White on Thursday inextricably linked Nick Diaz to the Seattle Seahawks. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 123 views

Anderson Silva once held the UFC middleweight title for 2,458 days, cementing his spot as one of the promotion’s greatest champions. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

Eeze normal. Jacare Souza? Luke Rockhold? Ain't nobody got time for that. At least nobody charged with making fights in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as promotion president Dana White reveale read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 473 views

Is Nick Diaz missing-in-action as UFC 183 fight week begins? It's a predictable question, but one that begs asking after the first episode of UFC 183 Embedded showed Diaz missing his flight to Las Ve read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 8 views

Nick Diaz missing a flight was kind of funny for UFC 183 Embedded, but still being M.I.A. on Wednesday, Diaz's absence has garnered some attention. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

The Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva trilogy has a significant chance of being a real thing. UFC president Dana White said Wednesday on UFC Tonight that if Silva defeats Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 i read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 2 views

Case closed? Nick Diaz has arrived at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada after failing to appear at the UFC 183 open workouts. There's no need to fear about any potential disappearan read news >>