What Nate Diaz was smoking at the UFC 241 open workouts
Nate Diaz caused a stir at the open workouts for UFC 241 on Wednesday, smoking on stage while he flexed his muscles and lightly shadowboxed.
The 34-year-old was building up his fight with Anthony Pettis on Saturday night, but he was doing it in his own unique way, and promoting his brand in the process.
The welterweight contender wasn’t smoking weed or a cigarette, but CBD, or cannabidiol, which he and his brother Nick have their own line in with Game Up Nutrition, as reports ESPN.
CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant but it is not the part that is banned by anti-doping organisations and is thought to have many benefits for fighters.
It works as a painkiller and also combats inflammation and swelling, among other things, so has become popular within MMA.
Diaz was happy for others to join him, offering his joint out to the crowd, saying: ‘I said pass it around. It’s good etiquette, for sure.’
The UFC veteran has not fought since losing to Conor McGregor in their rematch in August 2016 but returns this weekend in a bid to set up a third scrap with McGregor or a run at the welterweight title.
UFC president is glad to have the Stockton, California native back in the Octagon, and believes that his bout with Pettis is as big as the main event on Saturday – a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.
‘It’s always interesting dealing with the Diaz brothers, but they are these figures that the fans love,’ White told ESPN.
‘The one thing that the Diaz brothers, the last three years he hasn’t fought, all the things that have been said and happened, the Diaz brothers show up to fight.
‘This is a great fight between two great fighters that has been talked about as much as the main event itself.
‘You aren’t going to make Nate Diaz do anything, he’s going to do what he wants on his own time. He called and said he wanted a fight so we booked him.’
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