UFC fighter Nick Diaz recently got handed a five year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission over a third positive test for marijuana metabolites. The suspension effectively ended the career of the 32-year-old fighter and raised the ire of everyone paying attention.
But did Nick bring this upon himself? Not really.
The NAC’s verdict was the product of a sketchy test result and a commission unwilling to listen to reason. The highlight video above by fan BrettMamley will give you some insight into who Nick Diaz is. The information that follows explains why his suspension is bullsh*t.
Nick Diaz was tested three times on the night of his fight with Anderson Silva: at 7 p.m., at 10 p.m., and at 11 p.m. The 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. tests got sent to a World Anti Doping Agency lab. They came back clean. The 10 p.m. test was sent to Quest Diagnostics – not a WADA accredited lab, and one that’s been at the heart of a couple other recent drug test controversies recently. It came back with a ridiculously high amount of marijuana metabolites found.
There were other issues with the sample sent to Quest. Samples are not supposed to be marked with the athlete’s name, yet Nick Diaz’s name was listed on the paperwork. The form was also missing an important checkmark stating the inspector had witnessed the urine sample being taken. And worst of all, the B sample Quest had was never tested.
Those are just some of the facts surrounding the drug test results in this case. Then there’s the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to ban Diaz for five years. The NAC’s own guidelines, which were recently revamped with stiffer penalties for drug failures, list the punishment for a third marijuana offense as three years. Yet they still unanimously voted to bar him for five.