In a bit of news that escaped our notice due to all the UFC 97 build-up and letdown, but is all too appropriate for today’s date (4/20, get it?), Nick Diaz reportedly tested clean following his TKO victory over Frank Shamrock at Strikeforce in San Jose. The California State Athletic Commission’s Bill Douglas confirmed the news, saying that Diaz “was fine,” and adding that the test also checked for cleansing agents.
Does that mean that Diaz was jerking our collective chain about smoking weed up until the fight and using “herbal cleansers” to remove any trace from his system before the test, or does it just mean that Diaz has the hookup on the best herbal cleansers around? If we had to speculate (and we don’t, but we will, because that’s the kind of thing we do), we’d say it’s the latter. The world where Nick Diaz lies about his weed consumption is just not a world we want to live in.
So now who feels like a little bitch? Answer: the CSAC. Diaz beat them and Frank Shamrock all in one weekend. That’s a moral victory for potheads everywhere. It’s also enough to make you wonder about how effective the drug-testing system is in catching users of actual performance-enhancers. If they can’t nail Diaz, who laid out his plan for beating the test beforehand, can they reliably catch steroid-users?