With all the steroids and PED's infecting mainstream sports today, its hard to find an athlete that will come clean about taboo subjects in sports.
Nick Diaz is one of those rare athletes that will.
MMA fighter Nick Diaz often speaks openly about his use of marijuana, claiming that it helps him be "more consistent".
"I'm more consistent about everything being a cannabis user," Diaz said in an interview with The Times last week. "I'm happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests]."
And, according to Diaz, its not that hard to beat the system.
"I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I'll be fine."
Whether or not drinking 10 pounds of water is healthy for you, it appears that Diaz has been smoking marijuana on a regular basis, even though he was suspended for it back in 2007.
What Diaz brings beyond flying fists and the ability to shut off a foe's breathing by holding the opponent's throat against his bottom leg is unbending honesty about his marijuana use, his frustration with his former bosses at the Ultimate Fighting Championship and his belief that steroids are pervasive in his sport.
"Let 'em do it, they'll have a shorter career than me," said Diaz (18-7 with 10 knockouts, five submissions and a no-contest). "With all that wear and tear on their tendons, something's going to explode. I feel like these guys are hurting themselves. You can't consistently fight on steroids."
Unfortunately for Diaz, state athletic commissions also ban marijuana use, and he tested positive for the illegal drug in Las Vegas after his impressive win over Japan's Takanori Gomi in early 2007. A state athletic commissioner in Nevada argued Diaz was numb to pain because of excessive marijuana in his system. Diaz's victory was vacated; he was fined and suspended for six months.
"The drug is banned because of the damage it does to the person taking it," said Keith Kizer, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive officer. "It could make you lethargic, slow your reflexes, and those are dangerous things in a combat sport."
Whether or not Mr. Kizer is right, Diaz is still defying the odds of "hippiness".
While most pot smokers are laying on a couch mid-afternoon watching ‘Scooby Doo’ reruns and devouring a whole box of pizza, Diaz is running triathlons and improving his already blackbelt caliber BJJ.
Diaz has all of the discipline, work ethic and devotion to improvement that you could want from any fighter. Personally, there are few in the sport that I enjoy watching compete more than Diaz.
That being said, Diaz is going to need all the "consistency" he can get if he wants to "smoke" Marius "The Raging Demon" Žaromskis this weekend at Strikeforce:Miami.
Dream Welterweight Champion Žaromskis posseses lightning quick punches and a head kick that would make even the late Cro Cop proud.
This should be a great striking match, but I predict Diaz taking this one to the ground early and winning by submission.
Lets just hope he doesn't get the "munchies" before the fight ends...