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Video: Rampage Jackson thanks Nate Diaz for bringing CBD to MMA

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran, Nate Diaz, brought Cannabidiol (CBD) to the forefront of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition by vaping during his post-fight press conference for UFC 202 back in summer 2016.

A decision that let him “bank out” in a big way.

It was a bold move that caught the eye of both Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), as well as United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), but Diaz had already passed his mandatory drug tests and was let off with a warning.

And in the absence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it wasn’t a fight worth having.

Fast forward roughly two years later and CBD — recently removed from the list of prohibited substances — is a widely-used treatment for fighters battling pain and inflammation. That includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, who was able to extend his combat sports career as a result.

“It’s been very important,” Jackson told MMA Fighting. “I think we all learned about CBD from Nate Diaz, he’s the first one I learned about CBD from. I’m glad he stood up for us and made it legal for MMA fighters. Thank you Nate, I appreciate that, much love. It’s incredible. It’s been helping me out a lot.”

Jackson, who turned 40 back in June, will renew his rivalry with Wanderlei Silva under the Bellator banner this Saturday night (Sept. 29) in San Jose, Calif., a heavyweight battle that marks his fourth dance with “The Axe Murderer.”

No question “Rampage” will be needing his CBD pen/oil after another go-round with the Brazilian, as both fighters have little interest in the ground game and simply want to knock each other’s heads into the fourth row.

For a closer look at their upcoming showdown click here.

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