Nate Diaz could have to cut back on his weed consumption, at least while he prepares to fight Jake Paul later this summer (realistic we know…).
Following an earlier report by MMA Fighting, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which is in charge of regulating combat sports in the state, informed MMA Junkie on Wednesday that Diaz will be required to submit to a marijuana test before his eight-round boxing battle versus Paul on August 5 in Dallas.
“Mr. Diaz will be subject to the same standards as all other participants in combative sports competitions in Texas.”
The TDLR has a rigorous 50 ng/ml THC threshold in which any THC level over 50ng/ml is a violation, despite many states and other governing agencies, like the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), no longer penalizing fighters for documented cannabis usage.
If the THC level is exceeded, there will be a 90-day ban and a $500 fine. If the athlete prevails in the contest, the victory will also be ruled a no-contest.
Diaz smokes weed openly and has been spotted doing it at press conferences and public workouts for his UFC fights. MMA Junkie questioned Diaz about general drug testing during the press conference on Tuesday to promote the fight, and Diaz responded: “There is a ton of marijuana in my system. It exists.”