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Posted by rcg916
Marijuana is not performance enhancing, if anything it would make you drag ass. Also, despite what people keep saying, marijuana also HEIGHTENS SENSITIVITY to touch... That makes it pretty tough to claim that it also numbs you.
Im sorry but that is not the case; THC is a depressant, it gets into the Synapases around your body and in your brain, and blocks neurotransmitters, deadening the senses of touch and pain etc. In this aspect, it works just like Acohol. You may not smoke, but I'm sure you've been drunk - you get that rubber fingered, numb feeling because of the synapses allover your body being blocked. If you've ever seen drunk people fight, you will know that the lack of pain they experience allows them to absorb all kinds of punishment, drunk people fight on because they dont realise how much damage they are taking. THC works in just the same way.
So to summarise, THC (from Marijuana, or whatever source) does not "heighten sensitivity", it kills it, and it can be used as a performance enhancer.
I agree, Diaz gave a radio interview after the commision hearing, and said he didn't smoke it. He took a straight THC paste on his food. he didn't explain why though, but it does numb pain. I want a rematch, but Diaz had his orbiatal eye socket bone broken in the fight, and just kept coming. Is he a tough guy, absolutely, but it does cast some doubt on why his pain threshold was so high. It also explains why his THC count( 175) was so ridiculously high.Here is a a quick article from Ufc junkie after the hearing that explains more about why the commision overturned the decision.
Nick Diaz’s Win Over Takanori Gomi Ruled a No-Contest
Posted by UFC Junkie on April 10, 2007 at 5:32 pm ET
Nick Diaz Former UFC fighter Nick Diaz’s upset victory over PRIDE Fighting Championships’ lightweight champion Takanori Gomi in a recent non-title fight has been ruled a no-contest because of his failed drug test, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Diaz, who scored a submission victory via gogoplata over Gomi at PRIDE 33, tested positive for marijuana in his post-fight drug test at the February event. Today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission erased the win from his record and also suspended Diaz for six months from the date of his fight and fined him $3,000.
Diaz had earned $15,000 for the fight.
The severity of the punishment resulted largely from the NSAC’s belief that Diaz was under the influence of the drug the night of the fight, which according to the NSAC’s chair commissioner (in a awkward-sounding statement), helped him dull pain and assisted in the win.
According to MMAWeekly.com:
Apparently, the commission felt that the level for which Diaz tested at, 175, was a considering factor in his performance during the fight. Dr. Tony Alamo, the Commission’s Chair, said that a result of 15 is considered positive, but that the NSAC has a threshold of 50 to test positive for THC and that they “feel very comfortable that everyone that tests positive [in Nevada] is truly positive.“
Alamo went on to say, “Mr. Diaz was 175. This creates a unique situation. I was there at this fight and believe that you were intoxicated and… that it made you numb to the pain. Did it help you win? I think it did.“
The failed test marred what had been Diaz’s biggest win to date.
Now, given today’s ruling, the victory will be wiped from his record completely and changed to a no-contest. The 23-year-old Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu student now owns a 14-6 record, including a 6-4 mark in the UFC.
For more information about today’s hearing, including Joe Pearson’s (marijuana) and Kit Cope’s (performance-enhancing agent) suspensions from failed tests at a Jan. 20 World Extreme Cagefighting event, head over to MMAWeekly.com.
This entry is filed under PRIDE, Nick Diaz, Kit Cope, World Extreme Cagefighting, Takanori Gomi, Joe Pearson