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Armando Garcia speaks out on recent Nick Diaz situation

Erin Bucknell of recently contacted California State Athletic Commission executive director Armando Garcia to get his side of the story in regards to CSAC’s decision not to approve Nick Diaz for this past Saturday’s EliteXC/Strikeforce co-promotion.

Here’s an excerpt of what Garcia had to say:

On that same date the fighter disclosed that he was using marijuana for medicinal purposes and had been using it that same week. He also stated that he had a ‘card’ to prove it. He did not have the card with him on that date and it was noted that it would be provided. He was specifically and clearly instructed to contact the Commission, specifically, me. Along with the fighter during this process was an employee of the promoter whose sole duty with the fighters was licensing.

The employee was told by the Doctor’s office that the actual medical examination reports would be ready on Monday March 17, 2008. He advised the Doctor’s office that he would return with another fighter on that date and would pick them up then.

There is absolutely no doubt that both the employee and the fighter were given the necessary instructions.

On March 17 the promoter’s employee went back to the Doctor’s office with another fighter and was given the medical examinations for the previous fighter.

Early in the business day on Tuesday March 25, 2008 (eight days later and three days from the fight) the promoter’s employee called our office and asked a series of ‘hypothetical’ questions regarding the use of marijuana by a fighter, medicinal marijuana, having or not having a marijuana card, etc.

Later we identified the fighter and the exact information and discussed the actual fighter’s situation.

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(HT: Fight Opinion)

  • jj says:

    seriously, who is going to argue that marijuana is a performance enhancing drug?

    ya, ya, i’ve heard the doctor comment about how nick diaz would never be able to tolerate the pain when gomi broke his orbital socket without being high. surely after a few hundred mma fights its fairly obvious that some people have a higher pain threshold than others and that the adrenaline factor only adds to it.

    look at tim sylvia who wanted to fight with a broken arm, or renzo gracie with a total blank look on his face as sakuraba dislocated his elbow, or countless others fighting with broken hands and other injuries. nobody there tested positive for marijuana…

    keep in mind the reason marijuana illegal in the first place is because it has ‘no known medicinal uses’ (and conveniently it helped the law deal with those undesirable immigrants) although today its legalized on an isolated basis for that very reason.

  • clint notestine says:

    Diaz is obviously an addict who only got his 215 card to cover for this, I know plenty of his kind.

  • HexRei says:

    Diaz is obviously an addict who only got his 215 card to cover for this, I know plenty of his kind.

    “His kind”? As opposed to guys like chuck or tito or rampage (or half of america for that matter) that like to go out and get smashed instead of smoking a bowl?
    What exactly is the problem with this? They would never pitch this kind of shit to a guy who had a legally obtained painkiller prescription. Certainly he would never be accused of being an “addict” even though many painkillers are far more addictive.

  • truth says:

    Wow, Garcia is crazy as shit.

  • truth says:

    “Perhaps one, some, or maybe even all fighters in the event do have a card and use marijuana. I don’t know, but please note that every fighter was tested for drugs of abuse and all fighters were negative.” So he is only concerned with Diaz end of story. Diaz’s marijuana card, Diaz’s usage and not even letting him test clean. Those are Garcias main concerns

  • Johnwall says:

    “jj” and “clint”, you both define the “short-sighted” individual…you have two different sides to this story…now who are you going to believe…a fighter who puts his ass on the line…bleeds in the ring…for your satisfaction…or a politician…hmm…let me see…this is sure a hard one 😉


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