Nevada suspends UFC fighter Nick Diaz for 5 years

By The Sports Xchange

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz was suspended for five years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a third marijuana-related offense.

The NSAC considered a lifetime ban before voting to suspend Diaz, 32, for five years. The commission also fined Diaz $165,000.


Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following a unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva on Jan. 31. Diaz passed two drug tests on the night of the fight but failed a third.

Diaz, who has a 26-9 record, was present at the NSAC hearing, but he declined to answer the commission's questions.

"I'm pretty (mad)," said Diaz afterward, according to "I got into this sport for this exact reason, being stuck in a room with people like that.

"I wanted to tell them what I think. I wanted to tell each and every one of them they're a bunch of dorks. Everybody who sees them or knows who they are should tell them that. I would if it weren't for my experts advising me to keep my mouth shut. I wanted to get up and say, 'Look. You guys are way the (expletive) out of line.'"


Diaz's lead attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, said he would appeal the five-year suspension.

This was the third time Diaz, a Stockton, Calif., resident who admitted to being a medical marijuana user, was suspended by the NSAC. He was suspended for six months in 2007 after testing positive for THC and was suspended for a year in 2012 after testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

"This is not just a marijuana issue," NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar said. "This is an issue of marijuana, a lack of being forthright, a lack of cooperation to make the sport better, a disregard for rules -- it hurts other athletes just as much."

The five-year suspension is the second-longest imposed by the NSAC. Last year, the commission suspended UFC middleweight Wanderlei Silva for life, but a Nevada district judge reversed that ruling in May, citing a lack of substantial evidence.

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