Nick Diaz suspended for 12 months, fined 30% of purse + bonus


A Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting on Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz streamed here on The Underground at noon ET (9 a.m. PT), courtesy of MMAJunkie.

While government regulatory hearings at the State level are ordinarily not compelling (think CSpan, but boring) this one involved the two most polarizing figures in MMA, Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz.

Sonnen is requesting a TUE (therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone-replacement therapy) for his UFC 148 rematch against Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012, which was granted.

Diaz, who is currently under suspension for a failed drug test, has been suspended for one year retroactive to his Feb. 4 loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, and was fined 30% of both his purse and his OTN bonus.

It is the second time in five years he was banned by the NSAC after marijuana metabolites were found in his system.

Ross Goodman, Diaz’s attorney, argued that neither marijuana nor marijuana metabolites are illegal for medical marijuana patients in the state of Nevada or California, where his client resides and obtained his hemp license to treat his case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Furthermore, marijuana itself was not found in his system, marijuana metabolites were. Marijuana metabolites are not listed as a banned substance with the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose laws have been adopted by the NSAC.

Goodman also claimed that Diaz checked “no” on his pre-fight medical questionnaire when asked if he had taken any prescribed or over-the-counter drugs within two weeks of the fight, or if he suffered from any serious medical conditions because the form only had questions about “prescription” and “over-the-counter” medication, and neither of those applied in Diaz’s situation.

Moreover, Diaz does not consider his case of ADHD to be a serious medical condition because it doesn’t prevent him from fighting like a broken bone or injury would.

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spliff site profile image  

5/23/12 2:13 AM by spliff

1st nick comes in at like 15 mins or something  2nd part   last part

OxymoronicalAmbiguity site profile image  

5/23/12 1:14 AM by OxymoronicalAmbiguity

Is there a way to watch the video now? I missed it.

1911Bob site profile image  

5/23/12 12:59 AM by 1911Bob

The NSAC did the right thing. Weed grows from Satan's semen. The GOAT needs to get smashed and his wife needs to cook steaks.

CHAUNCH site profile image  

5/22/12 5:41 AM by CHAUNCH

He'll be back, fighting is all he knows. The question is whether or not he comes back more focused.

Maffus site profile image  

5/22/12 5:07 AM by Maffus

wow this sucks a big bag of dicks. Atleast we'll get to watch Nate fight.

1911Bob site profile image  

5/22/12 2:14 AM by 1911Bob

Maybe he can use the time off to go to school for how to buy a house.

The Popeye site profile image  

5/21/12 11:37 PM by The Popeye

I was gonna fight for the UFC but then I got high.Could have been a title shot for me but then I got high.Now Im sitting on my ass for year and I know whyyyyyyyBecause I got high because I got high because I got high.On the bright side if this thing has him all stressed out he can light up and chill.

Attila site profile image  

5/21/12 11:01 PM by Attila

This is unfathomably fucking insane. He's smoking a harmless plant. Society needs to grow the fuck up.

In Limbo site profile image  

5/21/12 9:19 PM by In Limbo

 nick diaz is no cheater, just a rule breaker........despite how stupid or double standard these rules are nick breaks the rules and fucks his shit up

Kansas Comet site profile image  

5/21/12 8:43 PM by Kansas Comet

Cesar Gracie is an awesome BJJ Guru and Coach but Diaz requires a great Manager.With prior proper documentation of Nick's Disorder signed by bona fide Medical Doctor along with a valid Medical Marijuana Card and submitted to Kizer or Commission Officials seems to me the issues would have been avoided.This is all what a viable Manager could have done for Nick.