Henry Cejudo (pictured) is no Rosa Parks, but the UFC flyweight has taken a monumental stand against MMA’s biggest injustice – the Nevada Athletic Commission.
On Wednesday, Cejudo’s manager, Bill McFarlane, wrote a letter to MMAFighting.com stating his client refuses to fight in Nevada after the NAC’s ridiculous five-year suspension of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz for the lethal drug of marijuana.
McFarlane’s primary concern wasn’t necessarily the length of Diaz’s ban, but more about “the process, or lack thereof, in determining Nick Diaz’s guilt or innocence.”
The NAC decided to ignore the negative sample Diaz provided to Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratories, a WADA-approved testing facility specializing in the detection of performance enhancing drugs, and focus on the positive test that came from a “questionable approved and non-specialized PED facility.”
“I simply have no confidence that the NAC can manage a fair and credible testing process, or will act in a fair and unbiased manner,” McFarlane stated.
Diaz had flunked two previous drug tests for marijuana in Nevada. He was only suspended for six months in 2007 and one year after 2012’s infraction.
With Monday’s bizzare five-year ban, it’s clear there’s an ulterior motive behind the NAC’s move.
Diaz is still a big draw in the MMA world despite what his recent 0-2 (1 NC) record suggests. However, Diaz is not a big money maker for the NAC at this stage in his controversial career, and that’s why they didn’t bat an eye in issuing him such a lengthy ban.
While Cejudo’s stance against the NAC is significant, he’s not significant enough of a fighter on the UFC scene to create change. However, the Olympic gold medalist is credible enough to create a ripple effect.
Cejudo is the trailblazer and now needs the UFC’s biggest superstars to follow his lead in order to rectify the NAC’s wrong. Imagine if cash cows like UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey or interim featherweight champ Conor McGregor hopped aboard the Cejudo bandwagon. Now that could evoke change.
MMA is an individual sport, but now is the perfect time for its superstars to band together and take a stand for the betterment of the game. Wrong is wrong, and the NAC has proven they can’t handle the responsibility of being MMA’s judge, jury and executioner.