NATE DIAZ stole the show while smoking marijuana on stage in front of a raucous crowd at UFC 263’s pre-fight press conference in Arizona.
The 36-year-old MMA legend hasn’t stepped into the cage in 19 months – since losing the BMF clash with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.
But despite his time away, last night’s incident showed he hasn’t lost any of his star power.
Arizona has governed more comfortably regarding smoking before the fight.
And Diaz took full advantage, lighting up the stage in front of a packed crowd.
Shedding some light on the situation, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote on Twitter: “Nate Diaz was smoking marijuana on stage not CBD, his team tells me.
“It’s his own brand, Kill_4209. Rules in Arizona allow him to smoke closer to a fight than in other states.”
One fan joked: “That’s why the fight had to be rescheduled..well played Nate!”
While another woefully added: “Home boy is brain dead, can’t put two sentences together, but is happy to be the official ufc punching bag. Laughter joke.”
Diaz faces Britt Leon Edwards as part of a stacked UFC 263 card in Arizona.
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Regardless of whether there is a main event or co-men, the bout will be a five-round contest.
Diaz and Edwards were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 262 before the fight was postponed.
Their dust-up will be followed by a pair of much-awaited rematches.
Following his thrilling draw at UFC 256 in December, Daveson Figueredo faced Brandon Moreno for the flyweight title.
Then Israel Adesanya’s return to the middleweight division takes center stage, as he defends his belt against Italian Marvin Vettori.
The pair last met in April 2018 in Arizona – before agreeing to Adesanya’s champion status.
Adesanya won the three-round contest, although Vettori still increasingly believed that he defeated The Last Stylebender.
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