Nick Diaz tests positive for marijuana after UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit

In news that should shock no one, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana after UFC 143

2/9/12 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

For the second time in his career, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana in post-fight testing. Diaz announced his retirement after his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit, but many assumed that he would end up fighting Condit again while they waited for Georges St. Pierre to get healthy again.

Now, Diaz will most likely have to serve a one-year suspension, and could lose a portion of his purse from the Condit fight. Diaz previously failed a drug test in 2007 after a win against Takanori Gomi. At the time, he was fined 20% of his purse and suspended for 6 months.

Now, UFC President Dana White will have to make a decision about Diaz's future, assuming he reverses his retirement. Diaz isn't shy at all about his marijuana use, and actually has a card permitting him to use it in the state of California, due to his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Unfortunately for Diaz, that excuse doesn't fly with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Executive director Keith Kizer said they'll be seeking disciplinary action.

"All results received thus far have been negative, except Mr. Diaz (who) tested positive for marijuana metabolites. A complaint for disciplinary action against Mr. Diaz has been filed."

The best guess: Diaz will probably lose 40% of his $200,000 purse for the fight, and he'll likely be suspended for a year. The precedent was set when Matt Vanda was caught with marijuana in his system for a second time in New Jersey in November of 2010.

If Diaz wants to fight again, I'm sure White and the UFC will be more than happy to let him. He's an outstanding fighter, he's a fan favorite, and he's still a legitimate title contender. At some point, though, Diaz is going to have to figure out how to work things out so he can stay in the octagon without getting suspended again.
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2/9/12   |   Scott   |   54571 respect

I didn't buy the Diaz retirement talk.  This does explain though why Diaz's management came out and said there would be no rematch with Condit.