In perhaps one of the most surprising decisions the Nevada State Athletic Commission has ever made, UFC fighter Nick Diaz has been handed a five-year suspension following a failed drug test from earlier this year.
Along with the suspension, Diaz received a 33 percent fine of his $500,000 purse.
For marijuana. Absolutely insane. RT @MMAjunkieJohn: Official: Nick Diaz suspended for five years, fined 33 percent of his $500,000 purse.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) September 14, 2015
Many expected the NAC to drop the hammer on Diaz — with potentially a two or three-year ban — but the five-year suspension caught nearly everyone by surprise.
In fact, the MMA voices on Twitter were outraged by the decision by the NAC because it was a personal decision. Diaz and his lawyer’s took it to the NAC and they felt direspected by the approach. As a result, Diaz got a punishment much more severe than he deserved.
Banning Nick Diaz five years is one of the more unethical things I've seen in fight sports, which is side of sports solely for gross people.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 14, 2015
Nick Diaz suspended for 5 years for marijuana. Absurd how they got to that. This is a dark day for combat sports.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 14, 2015
The next move for Diaz could be taking the NAC to court.
He presented a very strong case and his defense was on point, so he could end up getting a favorable result.
I hope Diaz and his pitbull attorney appeal and take the commission to the cleaners for this one. What an absolute joke.
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) September 14, 2015
While Diaz will serve a five-year ban pending a reversal of the decision, his opponent for the bout, Anderson Silva, can return in February. Silva was suspended for a postive test that showed traces of steroid use.
It’s clear how bizarre and twisted the NAC’s priorities are.
It is a shame that the power hungry commission delivered an over the top suspension because they were feeling disrespected. Hopefully, justice will prevail.
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