After the third marijuana-related offense of Nick Diaz, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended the UFC welterweight for five years.
Before voting on five years for the 32-year-old, the commission were leaning more on a lifetime ban for Diaz.
Diaz came face-to-face with commission but declined to answer any questions. Commissioner Pat Lundvall forced Diaz to verbally plead the fifth throughout a long series of approximately 30 questions, according to ESPN.
Instantly, Diaz felt the need to open up to the media.
“I’m pretty pissed,” said Diaz after the hearing. “I got into this sport for this exact reason, being stuck in a room with people like that.
“I wanted to tell them what I think. I wanted to tell each and every one of them they’re a bunch of dorks. Everybody who sees them or knows who they are should tell them that. I would if it weren’t for my experts advising me to keep my mouth shut. I wanted to get up and say, ‘Look. You guys are way the f— out of line.’ ”
Lucas Middlebrook, Diaz’s lead attorney, claimed that he will appeal the five-year suspension.
In addition, the NSAC fined Diaz $165,000.
“I think it was a completely arbitrary and capricious decision,” said Middlebrook. “You heard my opening statement. Based on the facts, if they were to make such a decision, it would be ripe for judicial review. This was a kangaroo court, and you heard the commission: Their decision wasn’t based on fact. It wasn’t based on evidence.”
The UFC fighter tested positive for marijuana following a loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31. The circumstances of the failed test were unique in that Diaz passed two drug tests on fight night but failed a third, according to ESPN.
“This is not just a marijuana issue. This is an issue of marijuana, a lack of being forthright, a lack of cooperation to make the sport better, a disregard for rules — it hurts other athletes just as much,” said NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar.