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Nick Diaz talks USADA, suspension, return to MMA, and Mayweather vs McGregor

Nick Diaz opens up

Mixed martial arts legend Nick Diaz held a no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar at MMA Signatures Aslyum MMA & BJJ Academy in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, July 29.

After discussing the seminar and what he wanted the students to take away in great detail, the former UFC welterweight title contender opened up about issues surrounding him making the trek east, his recent USADA suspension, intentions to return to MMA competition, and the upcoming Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing contest.

USADA suspension

“They know where I’m at though, somebody over there is not doing their job,” Diaz said in regards to the suspension handed down by USADA.

“I mean realistically they showed up to one of my dispensary signings. Like I said, I gotta do what I can to work with when I’m not fighting.  The whole cannabis industry thing is on 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, you know word is out I’m gonna be here, they show up. I’m not hard to find, I’m on Snapchat and Instagram every day,” Diaz said.

“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Why am I on Snapchat and Instagram every day?’ Well, it’s kind of cool. But I’m always trying to be somewhere where there’s something going on.”

Getting Back into MMA

“Yeah, well, right now it’s not on me,” Diaz said.

“I always talk about this four year gap, there’s a four year gap.  You have Robbie Lawler, he’s still in there, and then there came George St-Pierre.  He came after I was already fighting. I was in the UFC before that guy even came.  I was in the first 46 people of a roster of 600 people.  I could be wrong on the numbers, but I’m not a number guy.  That’s why I’m a fighter, I don’t play a numbers game.  I don’t try to go out there and win on point.  I’m like ‘We’re gonna fight.'”

Conor vs. Floyd

“As far as MMA, I wanna say there’s like maybe 5 guys that do jiu-jitsu that have an actual levol of understanding when it comes to boxing. He obviously, he does.  I feel like if he could hit my brother, he could hit, he could definitely put up somewhat of a fight with Floyd, if not actually bring him an actual challenge.”

Photo gallery from seminar below:

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