‘He’s a Marijuana Guy’- Warlley Alves Says Nate Diaz is a Bad Example for the Sport

Published 01/21/2021, 5:30 AM EST


UFC welterweight Warlley Alves earned a blistering TKO win over Mounir Lazzez at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Magny. Alves was one half of the co-main event and made sure to effectively utilize the platform he was given. The impressive first-round finish came in under three minutes and helped the Brazilian bounce back from his last loss.

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The 14-4 came over from Jungle Fight and has racked up impressive wins in the UFC’s welterweight division. Chiefly, he even holds a submission win over former interim champion Colby Covington from back in December 2015. Alves last fought in November 2019, and there was some speculation as to how the time off would affect him.

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Warlley Alves on Nate Diaz call-out

The streaking welterweight contender who’s back in the mix with a dominant win decided to call-out 170-pound star Nate Diaz. Stockton’s second son is arguably one of the biggest names out there, and he’s an interesting stylistic match-up. However, Alves’ call-out wasn’t necessarily spurred on by Diaz’s star power, and he explained his reasoning to the media.

“Because he’s [Nate Diaz] is top 15, he a tough guy, but he’s a bad example for the sport. He’s a marijuana guy. Winner no use drugs and many many countries, this is illegal. People follow him, people watch him, many many kids watch him. He’s a bad example. I don’t like this guy.”

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It’s clear that Warlley Alves feels a certain way about marijuana usage, especially in the vein of MMA competition. It remains to be seen if Diaz will respond to this call-out considering the fact that he’s due a return to the octagon after over a year of inactivity.

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From a stylistic point of view, it’s easy to see why the UFC may indeed decide to go ahead with booking the fight. Alves has a fan-friendly style, and his pressuring element plays well into Nate Diaz’s relentless combinations. Not to mention, the grappling exchange between the two will also be a sight to watch. However, Diaz may be targeting a move back down to lightweight and that may throw a wrench in Warlley’s plans.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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