Ninety-five days after marijuana metabolites were discovered in Nick Diaz’s (Pictured) system and 82 days after the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued him a temporary suspension, the controversial UFC welterweight finally got the opportunity to plead his case before the board.
Unfortunately for Diaz, the verdict wasn’t exactly what he wanted to hear but what most were expecting.
The 28-year-old was handed a year-long suspension retroactive to his February 4th loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 and fined 30% of his $200,000 purse and bonuses.
It is the second time in five years he was banned by the NSAC after marijuana metabolites were found in his system.
Ross Goodman, Diaz’s attorney, argued that neither marijuana nor marijuana metabolites are illegal for medical marijuana patients in the state of Nevada or California, where his client resides and obtained his hemp license to treat his case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Furthermore, marijuana itself was not found in his system, marijuana metabolites were. Marijuana metabolites are not listed as a banned substance with the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose laws have been adopted by the NSAC.
Goodman also claimed that Diaz checked “no” on his pre-fight medical questionnaire when asked if he had taken any prescribed or over-the-counter drugs within two weeks of the fight, or if he suffered from any serious medical conditions because the form only had questions about “prescription” and “over-the-counter” medication, and neither of those applied in Diaz’s situation.
Moreover, Diaz does not consider his case of ADHD to be a serious medical condition because it doesn’t prevent him from fighting like a broken bone or injury would.
After three hours of tense deliberation, the commission unanimously decided they weren’t going to buy Diaz’s defense.
Ironically, Diaz retired from mixed martial arts after his controversial loss to Condit and has not shown any interest in returning to the sport – outside of taking the NSAC to court and contesting his temporary suspension, of course.