BjPenn.com by Tom Taylor 8\8\17
Former Strikeforce welterweight champ and eternal fan favorite Nick Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since January of 2015, when he gave up a decision to Anderson Silva in a fight that was ultimately ruled a no contest after he tested positive for marijuana, and Silva tested positive for more serious banned substances.
“I highly doubt it,” White recently told MMAJunkie.com when asked about a Nick Diaz comeback. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t think that, and I can’t speak for him, you’d have to speak with Nick himself, but if you ask me – people ask me, ‘Do you think Ronda (Rousey) is coming back?’ No. I think Ronda’s going to retire. Ronda hasn’t retired, but my opinion is, I think she will. I don’t think Nick Diaz will ever fight again. I just don’t think he has the desire anymore.”
While Diaz isn’t cashing any UFC checks these days, he’s making ends meet in other ways – namely by partaking in the booming marijuana industry. Unfortunately, this sort of activity doesn’t exactly jive with the rules of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who oversee drug-testing in the UFC. In fact, Diaz says USADA carefully times their visits to him so that they overlap with his marijuana-related work – which of course tends to involve smoking.
“[USADA knows] where I’m at though,” Diaz told My MMA News. “Somebody over there is not doing their job. I mean realistically, they showed up to one of my dispensary signings. Like I said, I gotta do what I can with what I have to work with when I’m not fighting. The whole cannabis industry thing is a hit right now, so yeah, I’ll book an appearance over there and I’ll go and smoke a bunch of weed and it’s a good time. So of course, word is out I’m gonna be here, they show up.”