Pat Healy tested positive for marijauna metabolites following his win over Jim Miller last month at UFC 159, which saw him awarded not one but two $65,000 performance bonuses. When a test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission came back positive, the bout result was changed to NC, and Healy was out $130,000.
The $65,000 bonus for Submission of the Night went to Bryan Caraway, who expressed enthusiasm for the bonus, and disdain for marijuana use.
"I couldn't be more happy, and it was an insanely pleasant surprise," said Caraway.
"All I've got to say is that's some expensive weed. I like Healy a lot. I came up through the fighting ranks with him. We used to train together at Team Quest. I love the guy. But I have absolutely zero remorse or guilt.
"I hate weed. I cannot stand it. I've never tried it. I've never smoked a drug in my life. So I have absolutely zero tolerance for people that do it. I don't care if it's legal in some places or not. I think it's absolutely ridiculous. Whether it's legal in real life or not, they tell you to follow the rules. You need to follow the rules."
Nate Diaz, whose brother Nick has twice run afoul of NSAC tests for marijuana, took pointed offense at the remarks.
"I feel bad for Pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money," tweeted Diaz. "And I think the guy who took the money is the biggest Fag in the world."
The UFC then suspended Diaz for 90 days, and levied a $20,000 fine:
"UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC's fighter code of conduct," announced the UFC. "The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.
"The money will be donated to charity."
Caraway had said earlier that he was vehement about drug use because of he had a close family members with drug issues.
"My oldest sister is heavily involved in drugs an has caused many hardships on my fam," tweeted Caraway. "And she started with weed Dnt judge me u dnt know my story."
Caraway later softened, saying he regretted his earlier remarks.
"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, it's America," said Caraway. "But his word choice was poor, same as myself.
"I was too harsh in my interview about marijuana."