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Posted on February 10, 2012 by John Petit
Those in the MMA media who inquired to Kieth Kizer, the Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, about the rumor of a positive test of the fighters tested at UFC 143 received an email yesterday morning. The email basically said, we don’t have all the results but there is at least one positive test and he would release more information later. Later on yesterday the email came that basically supported what we were all assume. NIck Diaz had tested positive for marijuana in his post fight drug screen.
This is an unfortunate occurrence for a number of reasons. First, Nick was pretty much guaranteed a rematch against Carlos Condit because of the way the fight played out, and the fans reaction to the decision. Second, this was Diaz’s second time for testing positive in a NSAC drug screen. The first time being when he defeated Takanori Gomi. Diaz won the fight, but the result was overturned to a No Contest, he was suspended for 6 months, and he was fined 20% of his fight purse. As a second time offender, he will most likely be suspended for a year, and fined 40% of his fight purse. Although no punishment has been handed down yet, this may cost Diaz $40,000 (his fight purse was $200,000.)
“I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana,” UFC President Dana White said in the statement. “It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.” The NSAC has filed a formal complaint, and Diaz will be on an administrative suspension until the NSAC meets.
According to Kizer Nick Diaz was one of 18 fighters tested, and to date his is the only positive test. Kizer added Carlos Condit, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Koscheck, Renan Barao, Ed Herman, Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Matt Riddle, Henry Martinez, Edwin Figueroa, Alex Caceres, Matt Brown,Chris Cope, Rafael Natal, Michael Kuiper, Stephen Thompson and Dan Stittgen were also tested.
Diaz lost a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in a win that polarized MMA fans across the world.