Nick Diaz Tests Positive Following UFC 143

February 9, 2012

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Nick Diaz‘s rematch with Carlos Condit has gone up in smoke, literally.

The former Strikeforce welterweight champion has tested positive for marijuana following his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit. He will be subject to a suspension and fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed the news on Thursday.

“All (UFC 143 drug test) results received thus far have been negative, except Mr. Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites.  A complaint for disciplinary action against Mr. Diaz has been filed,” Kizer informed MMAWeekly.com.

The following UFC 143 athletes were tested:  Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Koscheck, Renan Barao, Ed Herman, Dustin Poirier, Max Hollaway, Matt Riddle, Henry Martinez, Edwin Figueroa, Alex Caceres, Matt Brown, Chris Cope, Rafael Natal, Michael Kuiper, Stephen Thompson, and Dan Stittgen.

The disappointment surrounding the Diaz positive drug test undoubtedly will send waves throughout the UFC’s welterweight division, particularly in regards to a potential rematch with Condit that was in the works.

This is also not the first time Diaz has brushed against commission rules for his use of marijuana.

In 2007, following a fight with Takanori Gomi in Pride, Diaz tested positive for marijuana while fighting in Nevada. He was suspended six months and fined 20 percent of his paycheck that night. The fight was overturned to a no contest with Diaz serving out his suspension.

Diaz was also removed from a Strikeforce fight card in 2009 after failing to submit to drug testing required for pre-fight medicals by the California State Athletic Commission. He was subsequently dropped from the show.

In his home state of California, Diaz is licensed for medicinal marijuana use, but it does not excuse him from testing by state athletic commissions when it comes to MMA.

This unfortunate turn of events will scrap any potential bout with Condit or UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the near future, as Diaz serves out a suspension that will be handed down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit is expected to meet with UFC president Dana White on Friday to discuss his next bout. At this time, however, the only thing for sure is it won’t be against Nick Diaz.


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