Professional mixed martial arts fighter Nate Diaz sparked a joint during a public workout at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday, just days before his UFC 241 face-off against Anthony Pettis in the same venue.
Cameras filmed the fighter puffing heavily on the joint before passing it to his videographer, who in turn passed the joint to nearby fans, reportedly at Diaz’s request.
“I said pass it around. It’s good etiquette, for sure.” — Nate Diaz, via ESPN.com
Stockton’s Nate Diaz sparks a huge joint at public workout of #UFC241 – spent a ton of time with his fans – shouts out Stockton/Sacramento support & previews fight with Anthony Pettis (LANGUAGE) @NateDiaz209
FULL VIDEO: https://t.co/PgMzM2QPqH pic.twitter.com/G2qzKgIwK2
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) August 15, 2019
While some fans were concerned that the joint could result in an anti-doping violation, Diaz said the joint contained just CBD, which as of 2018 is no longer considered a prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Diaz is known alongside his older brother Nick — also a UFC contestant — for bringing attention to cannabis and CBD as a potentially beneficial substance for professional fighters. The fighters say that CBD helps with pain, anxiety, and swelling.
Nick Diaz has been suspended three times for cannabis use during his career.