This seems like a long suspension.
Nick Diaz, a UFC fighter in California, has been suspended from the sport for five years because of the third marijuana-related offense of his career.
Diaz, 32, essentially received a lifetime ban with the five-year suspension, since he’ll be facing an uphill battle when he’s allowed to come back to the sport at 37 years old.
The ban, which nearly was a lifetime penalty before members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted to make it five years, really irked Diaz, who is 26-9 as a professional MMA fighter.
After the hearing, Diaz unleashed, saying:
“I’m pretty pissed. 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 f**k out of line.'”
Nevertheless, this is Diaz’s third run-in with marijuana while in the UFC — he had been previously suspended for a year on his second ban — so he must have known what was coming.
However, there is this: Diaz was caught by a drug test that indicated he had ingested marijuana some time before his January 31 fight against Anderson Silva, but Diaz had already passed two tests — and only failed the third when it was sent to a different lab.
Diaz’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, was just as mad as Nick about the decision:
“I think it was a completely arbitrary and capricious decision. Based on the facts, if they were to make such a decision, it would be ripe for judicial review. This was a kangaroo court, and you heard the commission: Their decision wasn’t based on fact. It wasn’t based on evidence. One commissioner said, ‘Your attorneys were very persuasive, but you don’t respect us. So here’s a five-year ban.'”
Sounds like a disaster at the NSAC — but for Diaz, unless an appeal succeeds, that disaster means he may never fight in the UFC again.
The decision isn’t just drawing controversy from Diaz’s team though. Many sports fans believe marijuana — which can legally be prescribed in California — shouldn’t even be tested as it’s not really “performance enhancing.”
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[Image via Nick Diaz/Instagram.]