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Coach: Nate Diaz acts as his own doctor, shouldn't be suspended for medicinal vaping

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight-turned-welterweight attraction Nate Diaz was in a hurt locker after his five-round war with Conor McGregor at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place last month (Aug. 20, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Watch the video highlights here.

And since the promotion wanted him to field questions from the mixed martial arts (MMA) media, rather than get medical treatment from local physicians, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 champ decided to take matters into his own hands. That's one of the many benefits of being your own doctor.

Boxing coach Richard Perez explains to Submission Radio:

"I don't feel like they should suspend him. I mean, doctors prescribe you with drugs left and right that are not even good for you. And I mean, I don't do what he does, but I understand what he's doing. You know, cause it's for pain. There's a place here in Modesto that have a big company that deal with people that have sicknesses that are using the oil that Nate was using to help them - you know, like epilepsy. There's people that have injuries in their body, you know, they use it and it works. And they have six counsellors there that are pastors, that are all educated, that will talk to you about this and explain to you that this is not just to get high. So I feel like he was being his own doctor, let's put it that way."

The doctor is in (trouble).

United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), charged with handling all UFC drug tests, was alerted to some post-fight shenanigans during the UFC 202 press conference (watch it), where Diaz was puffing away at a vape-pen jam packed with cannibidiol oil, also known as CBD.

USADA is currently "gathering facts."

It should be noted that Diaz (19-11) has not failed a pre- or post-fight drug test during his 12-year career in combat sports.

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