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Nate Diaz thinks Jon Jones' positive test for cocaine is a UFC publicity stunt

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Nate Diaz has a rather unique take on the Jon Jones situation.

The outspoken UFC lightweight tweeted early Wednesday morning that he doesn't believe Jones actually tested positive for cocaine and that it's all a UFC publicity stunt. Diaz accompanied the tweet with a screenshot of an MMAFighting.com article with quotes from UFC president Dana White that Jones should embrace being "the bad guy."

Cocaine metabolites were found in Jones' system in a Dec. 4 drug test. The test was out of competition, so Jones faced no sanctions from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) ahead of his UFC 182 fight with Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3. Cocaine is not prohibited out of competition -- only in competition -- by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code followed by the NAC.

Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, announced to Yahoo! on Tuesday that he would be entering into a drug-treatment facility.

"With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility," Jones said. "I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy."

The UFC and White were both supportive of Jones in statements released Tuesday.

"I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility," White said. "I'm confident that he'll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is."

Jones' title-retaining victory over Cormier at UFC 182 will stand up. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reportedWednesday that the NAC testing a recreational drug that is not banned out of competition was an "administrative oversight," per NAC executive director Bob Bennett.

Nate Diaz is no stranger to drug tests and discipline. His brother Nick Diaz was suspended one year by the NAC in 2012 after he tested positive for marijuana following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143. Nick Diaz also popped for weed in 2007. Unlike Jones' test, Diaz's failed test for marijuana in 2012 was in competition. Marijuana is also not banned out of competition, per WADA's regulations.

Nate Diaz is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX: Dos Santos vs. Miocic last month.