By Evan Stoumbelis
At UFC 143 Nick Diaz lost to Carlos Condit, making Condit the interim welterweight champion. After the fight, Diaz failed a drug test, testing positive for marijuana metabolites, and was fined 30% of his fight purse. In an interview today, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed that Diaz was fined more than 30% of his $200,000. Original reports were that Diaz was fined $60,000 but Keith Kizer said that Diaz’ fine was actually $79,000.
Diaz was also awarded another $300,000 for media commitments. Why such a high amount for publicity commitments? Earlier in his career, Diaz was on track to meet Georges St. Pierre for a title match, but after failing to show up to several pre-fight press conferences Diaz never got the opportunity.
In April Diaz was also a no-show for his BJJ Super fight with Barulio Estima. In short, Diaz has a history of no-shows, which may have made an impact on his punishment for failing his drug test after UFC 143.