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.
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.
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.
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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