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NSAC to discuss Nick Diaz suspension tomorrow

NSAC to discuss Nick Diaz suspension tomorrow
February 21st 2012

Nick Diaz may find out tomorrow what sentence he faces for failing a drug test at UFC 143.

The former Strikeforce champion tested positive for marijuana during tests administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was overseeing the event. According to a friend of the Diaz camp, he is on the agenda for a meeting of the NSAC board tomorrow.

Having previously tested positive for marijuana once before under Nevada’s auspices, Diaz faces a longer ban than the six months imposed following the 2007 instance.

However, the scale of his transgression is not yet known. Nevada, like most athletic commissions, allows a level of 50mg of marijuana traces in the bloodstream. That is considered ‘out of season’ use which would not directly affect the fight.

The fact that he was flagged up for a failed test suggests he has posted a higher number than 50, but the exact figure has not been released by NSAC. It will most likely be brought up in tomorrow’s meeting, as will his sentence or recommended sanction.

The meeting will take place at 9am Las Vegas time and will be chaired by NSAC’s executive director Keith Kizer. The main purpose of the meeting - at least, the one listed on the NSAC website - is to discuss possible changes to the rules used for MMA competitions in the state.

NSAC has been soliciting suggestions from the public all month and will be discussing the most popular of these tomorrow. If any are enacted, the unified rules will be altered accordingly and the MMA game will change to some degree - in Nevada at least, although other athletic commissions usually take their pointers from NSAC and could be expected to copy the changes.

One change we are not likely to see is knees to the head of a downed opponent, such as someone who has shot for a takedown but subsequently been sprawled upon. At present these positions often result in a stalemate but under rules that allow knees to the head, the fighter in top position has a significant advantage.

Fans would dearly love to see knees to a downed opponent allowed but it is thought to be unpalatable to the wider sports community and so the athletic commission, overseeing a sport which already has significant stigma attached, is unlikely to risk creating a political furore by allowing their use.

Comments

  • adam wagner

    Posted at 18:43 on February 21st 2012

    Nick is one of the top fighters in the UFC, and the use of marijuana does not increase his ability to fight. So why is he being put down for failing a drug test for weed? Last time i checked weed wasnt a steroid. :)

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  • Nick

    Posted at 20:41 on February 21st 2012

    The UFC will make sure (kickbacks) that he fights again soon. Too many Diaz nuthuggers that appreciate a thug/bully/child attitude as opposed to a consummate professional.

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  • ian

    Posted at 22:28 on February 21st 2012

    banning fighters for using pot is incredibly stupid .its not a steroid it dosnt make you stronger.its not a duretic it dosnt make you lose weight it does nothing to give you energy.if anything it decreases your stamina .so if diaz can do 5 hard rounds with pot in his system .i say good for him

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  • Point Fighting

    Posted at 10:26 on February 22nd 2012

    They should change it so if any fight goes the distance it should be a draw. That will stop all this running away point fighting and lay & pray boring ass just for the W fighters and bring the sport back to its roots.

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  • Point Fighting

    Posted at 10:27 on February 22nd 2012

    They should change it so if any fight goes the distance it should be a draw. That will stop all this running away point fighting and lay & pray boring ass just for the W fighters and bring the sport back to its roots.

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  • Nigel

    Posted at 10:43 on February 22nd 2012

    I've posted on this before about Diaz smoking a joint. I agree with the comments on here that it's ludicrous to ban someone for what is more than likely a performance reducing substance!!!!

    With regards to point fighting. Condit gave a clinical display of how to out smart your opponent. Diaz only recently stated that he wanted to move the UFC as he was "tired" of these guys who just wanted to come out swinging and knock his head off. He said he wanted to face a higher quality opponent. Well guess what Diaz, you got one. What's he goiing to say when GSP out wrestles him; that he's sick of wrestlers.

    The sport is called MMA which means to be at the top level you have to be a master of all disciplines. Not just BJJ and boxing!!

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