The rumors were true.
Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit II isn’t going to happen because Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana at UFC 143. The NSAC’s Keith Kizer revealed the news today.
“All results received thus far have been negative, except Mr. Diaz (who) tested positive for marijuana metabolites,” Kizer said in a statement. “A complaint for disciplinary action against Mr. Diaz has been filed.”
Not exactly shocking news for anybody who’s at all familiar with Diaz. Everyone knows he smokes weed and actually, it’s perfectly legal for him to do so in his home state of California where he has a medical marijuana card. The problem is the state of Nevada tests for it and while Nick has bragged in the past about how easy it is to beat a marijuana test, he still managed to test positive for it for the second time in his career.
And it couldn’t come at a worse possible time. He’s at the height of his popularity and was days away from being handed a rare second chance at beating Carlos Condit and moving on to a big money fight with Georges St. Pierre. Instead, he’ll likely have to pay some kind of fine and serve some kind of suspension. I won’t deny that the rule itself is pretty dumb, but the bottom line is Nick should have known better, especially after getting busted for the same thing back in 2007 for his epic fight against Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33.
The situation sucks, but at least Condit won the fight. Imagine how screwed up the welterweight title picture would be if he hadn’t.
Here’s Joe Rogan sharing a funny story about the first time Nick got popped for pot.
Update: MMA Junkie has the details on what happens next.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is likely to hear the case of Nick Diaz sometime in April, according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer.
For now, Diaz is temporarily suspended following a disciplinary complaint filed by the NSAC to the Nevada Attorney General that states the fighter broke rule 467.850 of the commission’s administrative code when he tested positive for marijuana metabolites following UFC 143.
At the NSAC’s next meeting on Feb. 22, Kizer will ask the commission to uphold the temporary suspension until the formal hearing in April, where Diaz is expected to answer to the complaint.
Dana White released a statement saying he is “beyond disappointed” and it’s “in the hands of the NSAC.”