Nate Diaz must be resting easy right about now riding in on the coattails of his UFC 196 victory over Conor McGregor. After his win on Saturday night, Diaz was handed down a month-and-a-half medical suspension ending on, you guessed it, MassRoots readers, April 20, 2016.
And apparently that’s a big deal in the Diaz family.
For those unfamiliar with Nate Diaz and his brother Nick, both are extremely talented UFC fighters as well as massive proponents of the increasingly legal drug marijuana. Nick Diaz is currently suspended from the UFC for testing positive for THC after his most recent fight in 2015. Since then, many UFC fighters have spoken out about the overly strict marijuana policy. Nate’s win is surprisingly a huge testament to the cannabis legalization movement.
The fact that Nate’s suspension ends on 4/20 seems a little too good to be true. Or maybe the people at the Nevada Athletic Commission passing down the suspension just couldn’t help themselves.
Nonetheless, now Diaz has two reasons to look forward to that date.
Nate Diaz, who hails from Stockton, CA, won his March 5th fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against Conor McGregor in the second round by submission. Diaz forced McGregor into a roaring rear-naked chokehold and promptly put an end to the match.
After the fight Diaz told reporters “I feel like I’m the best fighter in the world.” Well, even the best fighters could use a break. Heck, even Genghis Khan used to chill a little after conquering basically the entire world.
His month-and-a-half suspension is purely medical, resulting from a laceration above his right eye. This is common practice in the fighting world. Fighters, even the victors, often need a few months off after a huge fight to heal from concussions and other injuries. That makes the time off before the end date all the more sweet, especially if what Diaz says about the fight was true. Reportedly, he knew he was going to win when “the punches hurt less.”
Sounds like the punches will be hurting even less now that Diaz’s schedule just got a whole lot freer. That is, until 4/20. He probably has plans with his brother that day.