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Posted on February 23, 2012 by John Petit
Nick Diaz Formally Suspended Until Disciplinary Hearing
Nick Diaz’s pre-hearing took place today in Nevada as a result to his positive test for marijuana. After his decision loss to Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz submitted a urine sample and it came back positive for marijuana metabolites. He will have a formal hearing at a later date, but today he was formally suspended by the commission until the hearing. It did come up that he was a medical marijuana patient, so it is most certainly going to come up when the formal hearing takes place. The date has not been announced for his disciplinary hearing that will determine his formal suspension and fine.
Dan Outlaw Hardy To Meet Duane Bang Ludwig
Dan Hardy and Duane Bang Ludwig will meet at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas Nevada. Its pretty safe to say we a re going to see a stand up fight, as both have a rough history on the octagon floor. Hardy has been on a losing streak, four fights to be exact, since 2009, and recently lost to Chris Lytle by submission. Ludwig was riding a two fight win streak when he was submitted by guilotine choke to Josh Neer.
The card will be headlined by a heavyweight championship fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem,
Gonzaga Vs Del Rosario Set
Also at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada, former number 1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga will welcome Strikeforce’s Shane Del Rosario to the UFC and the Octagon. This will be Gonzaga’s 15th trip to the Octagon, and it will be Del Rosario’s first. Gonzaga was recently cut from the UFC, and left MMA to compete and train others in Jiu Jitsu. He then determined that he wanted to fight again, and a picked up a submission outside of the UFC. He was then invited to fight in Brazil in the UFC, and was able to win that fight as well by submission.
Del Rosario beat Lavar Johnson in an alternate fight in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. He was set to fight Daniel Cormier, but was involved in a car accident and hasn’t fought since February of 2011. It will be more than a year since his last fight took place.
Nate Marquardt Back To Zuffa, Signs With Strikeforce
Nate Marquardt was publicly ousted from the UFC after high levels of testosterone forced the commission to cancel a fight. He is back with Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, but he won’t be fighting in the Octagon. He will be fighting for Strikeforce, and no opponent or date has been announced. It is being assumed that he will fight in the welterweight division.