By Zach Arnold | February 17, 2012
This is a rather interesting interview. For the first four minutes, Dana talks about the state of the Welterweight division and where things stand. He then gets a shot in at Aaron Simpson for having a fight that is a ‘blur’ and in Danaworld that’s a quick way to get the axe or put in the doghouse. “Don’t ever be the blur, man.” He then rips Dave Herman for wearing a pink scarf and coming out to “Macho Man.”
The UFC Japan is briefly mentioned. Dana vehemently denied that anything PRIDE-style would be done and that it would be the standard UFC production format, which he says is one of the best live sporting experiences a fan can enjoy.
“No, we’re not doing anything PRIDE.”
However, the portion of this interview that has everyone’s attention is what Dana had to say about Nick Diaz and his upcoming suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
ARIEL HELWANI: “What is the latest on [Nick Diaz] and when do you think we’ll find out how long he’ll be suspended by the commission?”
DANA WHITE: “Who knows? I mean, who knows? Let me put it to you this way… they’re very consistent at being inconsistent. So… Floyd Mayweather is allowed to, you know… first of all, not only by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but by the judge is allowed to not go to jail until his fight is over. Right? Chael Sonnen, who had paid all his dues and everything was behind him, was not allowed to coach The Ultimate Fighter. Recently, a boxer tested positive for marijuana. He’s suspended for a year and they take 40% of his purse. Floyd Mayweather walks into the Nevada State Athletic Commission and they literally kiss his ass.”
ARIEL HELWANI: “Double standard?”
DANA WHITE: “Double standard, bias, whatever you want to call it… there’s one thing that’s consistent there and consistent as hell, it’s one of the most insane things that I’ve ever seen in my life. You know, and the response would be, ‘this guy brings a lot of the money to the city of Las Vegas.” So do we! So do we.”
ARIEL HELWANI: “And considering the fact that he has that prescription to smoke medical marijuana in California, do you think he has a case here?”
DANA WHITE: “Who knows, I mean… as far as I know, marijuana is illegal, right? But here’s what I do know… the Nevada State Athletic Commission does not allow you to smoke marijuana. You cannot have traces of marijuana in your system. It’s pretty simple. There’s a list of drugs you can and you can’t do and marijuana is one of the can’t dos, you know what I mean? Whether you got a medical card or a doctor shows up and says, ‘yeah, I allow him to smoke weed.’ ‘I don’t care, we don’t.’ Heh. The Nevada State Athletic Commission does not allow you to smoke weed.”
ARIEL HELWANI: “Did Nick or his manager, Cesar Gracie, when was the last time he did smoke prior to the fight?”
DANA WHITE: “No. I mean, going into this fight, I had a talk with Nick, we sat down, I told him and you’ve guys have heard this a million times. I’m like, ‘Nick, listen, play the game this much. It’s all I need you to do.’ And playing the game that much means don’t smoke marijuana any time around any of your fights. Don’t do anything illegal, you know, show up to some press conferences. I mean, I’ve been very lenient with Nick Diaz, you know, we’ve invested a lot of money in him. He came off looking incredible after that series. People who didn’t like him then liked him, you know, it’s just one of those things. It’s very frustrating.”
ARIEL HELWANI: “Do you think we will ever see him back? Because, at the end of that fight, he did retire…”
DANA WHITE: “Yeah, I doubt he retired. I mean, we’ll see what happens. Nobody’s called me and said he wants to retire. This is what he does. He’s a fighter. Whether he likes it or doesn’t like it, you know, the whole love & hate thing… Nick Diaz was born to fight. This is what he does. This is how he makes a living. He’s an incredible athlete. He does triathlons and all these other things but nobody’s making big money, you know, run, bike, swim.”
The Nevada commission will have a hearing on Wednesday at 9 AM PST to discuss young Nick’s suspension.