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Nick Diaz, a former Strikeforce Welterweight World Champion and former WEC Welterweight World Champion, has been in a cloud of trouble since testing positive for marijuana metabolites last year for the third time with UFC.

Diaz failed his post-fight drug test after losing to Anderson Silva on Jan. 31, 2015 in UFC 183. Eight months later, Diaz was officially suspended for five years from UFC and fined $165,000. His opponent, Silva, tested positive for steroids in a pre-fight drug screening and was only suspended for a year and fined $380,000. While Diaz’ suspended was appealed and eventually reduced down to 18 months and just a $100,000 fine, it still makes you wonder why UFC deems marijuana worse than steroids.

After learning about Diaz’s suspension, Ronda Rousey spoke out against the Nevada Athletic Commission for banning him and fining him for marijuana, then gave her thoughts on marijuana use in the sport.

“It’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” Rousey said at the UFC 193 press conference in Australia. “I’m against them testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug. It has nothing to do with athletic competition. It’s only tested for political reasons. They say, ‘Oh, it’s only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself because you’re out there.’ Why don’t they test for all of the other things that could possibly hurt us?”

She then bashed the NAC for only suspending Silva for one year while her friend Diaz was handed a punishment five times worse.

“It’s so unfair if one person tests for steroids that could actually hurt a person and the other person smokes a plant that makes him happy and he gets suspended for five years,” Rousey said.

Rousey wasn’t the only person to jump to Diaz’s defense. Several fighters took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the suspension.

Diaz recently did an interview with High Times where he talked about what he’s doing now living life outside of the fighting world, how he feels he was setup, still using marijuana – obtained legally with his medical marijuana card – and life after UFC.

“I’ve just had some good time off, from the time of that fight until now. I didn’t expect to fight anytime between then and now – so I’ve just been trying to make ends meet,” Diaz said. “I knew that if I was tested, I’d come up under 15 nanograms – which I did. I knew I wasn’t going to come up over 100 nanograms, which was their level. Then I was tested five days later and came back seven times higher. They’re full of shit. Whatever happened is bullshit; I never got tested that many times – at least five times from when I got to Vegas, before the fight and after.”

“If I’m at home and I’m training – doing my same things every day – then I’m definitely going to want to use cannabis. It’s gonna help. I’m trying to stay focused on what I’m doing,” Diaz said. “If I have to go and train all day, before I go I’m gonna want to smoke. If I wake up in the morning and feel beat to shit and it’s going to take me forever to wake up, I smoke some weed and I wake right up. Then I have breakfast and I go do a workout.”

“If I were to stop right now, I’m not very optimistic that everything’s gonna just be great. I could teach open at another gym or something like that,” Diaz said. “I’d be happier with that than going out there and losing miserably like I’ve seen some guys do – like all of them do. It’s kind of a curse. You can’t really get out, there’s always going to be a bigger payday.”

“But the second that I’m not getting paid more money than I got paid in my last fight, I’m done. I mean, I quit.”

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