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A five year ban has been dealt to Nick Diaz by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing a post-fight UFC 183 drug test. Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites in one of his three tests and tried to prove his innocence, but the commission was having none of it.
Diaz’s case seemed solid and even if it didn’t, many believe his crime of testing positive for marijuana didn’t warrant a five year suspension while guys like Anderson Silva were only suspended for one. Diaz spoke with the media outside of the commission offices on Monday evening and spoke his mind without holding back.
“I’m pretty pissed off,” Diaz told the media, (as transcribed by MMA Junkie). “First of all, this sport, this commission and everybody, they’ve done everything they can to keep me from being all the way on top where I should be. They’ve been doing everything they could to keep me from proving to the world that I’m the best fighter in the world, which I am.”
Diaz continued to speak out against the Nevada State Athletic Commission, calling them a bunch of “crooks” and “dorks”.
“Those people are nothing but a bunch of crooks up there. The reason why I became a fighter, on top of a handful of reasons, was so that I don’t have to break the law. People around me in my community, people I know, they don’t have to break the law either. We even did a lot of good. They got me in here sweating bullets in a freaking court room with my lawyers because they all think I’m going to flip out and do something really nuts like I was about this close to doing. I just think that it’s bulls***. I’ll fight anybody in this whole sport. I’ll beat everybody that— I’ve already beat guys that are on the top right now. This is the sort of reason that people don’t understand that I’m the best fighter in the world. They don’t understand that.”
“I wanted to tell them what I think; I wanted to tell each and every one of that they’re a bunch of dorks,” Diaz stated. “Anybody that sees them or knows who they are should tell them that to their face, because I would. I would tell them. I would tell them that if it wasn’t for my experts over here, they advised me to keep my mouth shut so I keep my mouth shut.”
Diaz will be thirty-five when he is permitted to apply for another license, and he believes the lengthy suspension is unjust and the commission is acting out of line. “I wanted to tell them all, ‘Look, you guys are way the f**k out of line… I’m the biggest draw; I’m the best fighter. I’ve been fighting for longer. I’ve been throwing more punches than anyone in the sport. I’m going to dodge more punches than anyone in the sport. That’s the bottom line and what’s really going on. We got a whole system trying to hold me down.”
Was Nick Diaz’s case good enough to prove him innocent? If not, was a five year suspension fair? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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