In another unfortunate turn of events following UFC 183, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (pictured) has tested positive for marijuana (AGAIN) during a post-fight drug test.
“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev,” the UFC expressed in Tuesday’s official statement. “The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of his positive test, Diaz has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC organization will fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Diaz at a disciplinary hearing set for February 17.”
Diaz dropped a unanimous decision to former UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 183 this past Saturday. Coincidentally, Silva failed his pre-fight drug test.
Ariel Helwani has confirmed with Bob Bennett of the Nevada Athletic Commission that Diaz had “above 150 nanograms” of marijuana metabolites in his system.
This is the third flunked test for the enigmatic fighter from Stockton, California due to marijuana.
It’s unclear what a drug-free future for Diaz would’ve looked like. UFC president Dana White confirmed following UFC 183 that he was handsomely rewarded for his efforts for and wouldn’t be surprised if Diaz took another extended hiatus.
The UFC has yet to confirm Diaz’s flunked test. However, the promotion did verify today Silva had tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites, which is an anabolic steroid, in his pre-fight drug test.
The 31-year-old is facing at least a 12-month suspension and fine.